Composer Barbara Higbie

Grammy Award nominee Barbara Higbie will make her symphony debut March 28 when she performs with the Winfield Regional Symphony in a concert at Cowley. The performance is sponsored by the college and part of the Heartland Arts Series.

Higbie, a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and championship fiddle player as well as pianist and composer, will be performing as part of the Flint Hills Gathering, a series of singer-songwriter workshops and performances March 29-30. All workshops will be held at Cowley. The singer-songwriter workshop is sponsored by the college and is based on a concept by Swannanoa College in North Carolina.

Gary Gackstatter, conductor of the Winfield Regional Symphony, is preparing 15 charts for the March 28 concert. “We’ll feature her solo piano works, her singer-songwriting works and her fiddling,” Gackstatter said. “She also will be the first female solo artist ever to work with the symphony.” Gackstatter said Higbie’s music was “very introspective.”

Spring 2003