Setnor School of Music
Instructor, Applied Music and Performance (Jazz Piano)
As the son of a professional trombonist, arranger, and band leader and a public school music teacher, Barry Blumenthal has been surrounded by great music since his birth.
His degrees include a B.M. in music education and an M.M. in violin performance from the Crane School of Music, where he served as concertmaster of the Crane Symphony for several years, including all of the orchestra performances during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. During that time, his reputation as a pianist grew, and he has since had the opportunity to accompany many notable artists in both the jazz and orchestral worlds. He taught orchestra in the Canisteo, Potsdam, and Liverpool (New York) school districts and has been a conductor, clinician, and/or performer at many orchestral and jazz festivals throughout New York State.
Since moving to the Syracuse area in 2000, Blumenthal has maintained his dual life as a pianist and a violinist/violist, performing with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (violin, piano), Symphoria (piano), the Central New York Jazz Orchestra (piano) and Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation Jazz Vespers series (piano/music director), the Mark Copani Trio/MC3 (keyboards), many Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage productions (piano/keyboards, violin, viola, accordion, harmonica, and percussion), Richie Cole at the Trenton Jazz Festival (piano), and many others. Blumenthal is a featured soloist on the critically acclaimed Adventures In Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Christmas album, available on CDBaby and Amazon, and currently teaches jazz piano at Syracuse University.