Jonathon Barranco

A native of Arkansas with 15 years of experience teaching in secondary and post secondary settings, Dr. Jonathon Barranco comes to Henderson State University having completed his DMA in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University. While at TTU, Dr. Barranco served as conductor of the Matador Singers, the University Singers, and as co-conductor of University Choir, TTU’s premiere choral ensemble. With these groups he conducted a diverse repertoire including his own edition of music from William Byrd’s Psalm, Sonnets and Songs and a performance of Stravinsky’s Mass in collaboration with members of the University Symphony Orchestra. Along with his work as a conductor, Dr. Barranco taught course work in choral methods and choral conducting, and served as a mentor to Master’s students and pre-service teachers. Additionally he served as Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for the TTU Opera Studio and as the Graduate Representative for the Texas Tech University Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. 

Dr. Barranco’s research has led to lectures and presentations in the areas of choral literature, holistic student approaches, and musical poetics. He has given performance lectures on Morten Lauridsen’s Madrigali, Heinrich Schütz’s Cantiones Sacrae, and he recently presented a paper titled "Rhetoric, Poetics, and Choice in the Music of Michael Praetorius" for the 2019 Biennial Arts Practice Research Conference. Currently, Dr. Barranco is preparing a series of conference presentations titled Poetic Refractions: Engaging Poetry in the Choral Classroom. 

As an emerging composer, Dr. Barranco has written works for ensembles in Arkansas and Texas. Recent compositions include the TTU University Singers’ premiere of his setting of Robert Frost’s Dust of Snow for choir, flute, and piano, and The White Lily, commissioned by the choirs of Southern Arkansas University to be premiered in 2021. His composition teachers include Z. Randall Stroope and Graeme Langager. 

Dr. Barranco’s principal conducting teachers are Alan Zabriskie, Graeme Langager, and David Saladino. He has also studied conducting in master classes with David Hill of the London Bach Choir, John Dickson of LSU, and Steven Coker of Chapman University. Dr. Barranco has served as a clinician in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. As a vocalist, he has performed as a soloist with the choirs of Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas and in chamber ensembles with the NASO and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Barranco is a member of NCCO, ACDA, TMEA and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.