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February 10, 2020

Philip Barnes, faculty, was interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio about a piece he helped commission for St. Louis Post-Dispatch classical music critic, Sarah Bryan Miller, after her diagnosis with cancer. "The prospect of having the new commission in hand and Miller never hearing it didn’t sit well with Philip Barnes, artistic director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. He hastily organized September’s private performance. Barnes had previously recruited the other St. Louis organizations to help pay for Bingham’s work. Also pitching in were the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Third Baptist Church, the Washington University Music Department and Congregation Shaare Emeth.Those organizations instantly pledged their support, Barnes said.'The characteristic of Bryan’s reviewing is that she actually knows what she’s talking about, and that’s unfortunately not common,' Barnes said of Miller, who goes by Bryan. 'Choral singing is such a high standard in St. Louis. We know we’re going to be kept to and held to a really high standard to someone who knows what they’re talking about.'" You can read the story — and listen to the interview — here