RAYMOND BARKER composes both for traditional and electronic media. Major works include Martha (a quadraphonic electronic composition), Improvisations for Orchestra, Lassen Idyll (a chamber symphony), Four Little Pieces for Clarinet and Bassoon, Toccata & Passacaglia for Organ, and Moodscape, a composition for orchestra and quadraphonic electronic sound.
Barker was educated at CSU, Chico and the University of Oregon where he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition. He has also studied electronic and computer music composition with Robert Moog, Donald Buchla, Jon Appelton, Barry Vercoe, Herbert Howe, and John Rogers.
Barker is Professor of Music at CSU, Chico, where his teaching duties have included theory, American Music, Introduction to Non-Western Musics, 20th Century Music, and Audio Recording, as well as seminars in Schenkerian and Color Analysis. He is the founder of CSU, Chico's Electronic Music Studio and Recording Arts program and currently teaches Composition with Electronic Media and graduate theory seminars. He chaired the Department of Music from 1982 to 1987.
Barker has also served as a faculty member and recording engineer at the Aspen Music Festival and Recording Arts Institute, recording such artists as Midori, James Gallway, Lynn Harrell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Misha Dichter, the Cleveland Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, Maxim Shostakovich, Jorge Mester, James DePreist, and Luciano Berio.