Philip Barnes joined the Burroughs faculty in 1988. He teaches 8th grade Latin, Latin III, Latin V, Greek and music history. He has previously served as school curriculum coordinator and is currently the JBS Italy & Greece trips director. He holds a B.A. in classics from Bristol University (United Kingdom), a Mus.M (music) from Manchester University (UK) and a postgraduate certificate in education from King's College, London (UK). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2018 was awarded an 'ovatio' by the Classical Association of the Middle West & South (CAMWS) in recognition of his services to the discipline of classics. In 2019 Philip Barnes was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (D.HumL) by the Aquinas Institute of Theology, at St. Louis University, for his contribution to the artistic life of St. Louis. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Barnes taught classics at several secondary schools in Great Britain while pursuing a parallel career as a singer in various cathedral choirs.
Since 1989, he has served as the artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, with whom he has recorded fifteen CDs, most recently with Regent Records (UK). His work with the Chorus has consistently garnered critical praise, and his programs are frequently cited by the Post-Dispatch as the best choral concerts in St. Louis. He is a particular champion of new works, and of female composers. Barnes pursues a similar advocacy at Director of Music at Grand Center's Third Baptist Church, which he has served since 2017.
Barnes is also the producer and host of "Re-Choired Listening," a weekly show (Wednesdays @ 7pm) on St. Louis's classical radio station, Classic 107.3 FM. For many years, he has been a special studies lecturer for the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. In addition, he frequently reviews and write articles for music periodicals in the USA and UK. He has lectured widely on both classics and music, most recently in Moscow at the invitation of Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. He served two terms as a trustee of the Vergilian Society of America, and currently serves on the Merit Committee of CAMWS; he is also on the board of the Artist Presentation Society of St. Louis. In the spring of 2020 he will study at the Bogliasco Foundation, outside Genoa, Italy.