B i o g r a p h y
Barbara Siesel is a flutist, educator, producer and entrepreneur. Her artistic journey to flute mastery has been a spiritual one. On this journey she’s the co-founder of the Award Winning Green Golly Project/Curriculive, an organization established to introduce children to classical music through live interdisciplinary performances, curricula, books, sheet music, flutes and meaningful education. Institutional partners for Green Golly Project/Curriculive include The Ravinia Festival and the NYU StartED Incubator.
Siesel has appeared as a flute soloist in the principal halls of China, Korea, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, Russia and the United States and given master classes in China, Russia, and Korea. She was flute professor and director of woodwinds and the contemporary ensemble at The New World School of the Arts in Miami and Colby College in Maine as well as lecturing on entrepreneurship at The Juilliard School, NYU and flute festivals throughout the world.
A pioneering artist and producer she co-founded ACT (Art Culture & Technology) an organization devoted to helping artists with new technology in performance and production. Siesel commissioned and produced new works for visual artists and composers to access new technology and create new forms that combined composition, performance and visual arts. These works were performed throughout the US and a few are now in the MOMA Library collection. She was also the Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Storm King Music Festival which presented composers at the intersection of new music and new technology, 60 composers over 5 years.
Barbara is a founding editor of The Flute View online magazine, a publication that seeks to help flutists navigate the changing music business with articles, interviews, reviews, podcasts etc.
Siesel has received grants and awards from the NEA, NYSCA, Ars Veritas Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Edward Cone Foundation as well as a 2015 “Deserving Person Award” from the Dr. David Milch Foundation. Her books and CD’s have won a Parent’s Choice Gold award and a Family Choice award and her music editions are all published by the Theodore Presser Company.
Siesel is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received both BM and MM degrees. This past summer Ms. Siesel performed and lectured at the James Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland and with Green Golly Project at the Ravinia Festival near Chicago. 2017-18 tours include Chicago (with Ravinia) Gonjiam Festival in Korea and master classes and recitals in Beijing, China. She plays a 14k gold Arista Flute and lives in NYC with her husband Keith and no pets!