University Bands Faculty and Staff
Dr. Barry Kraus serves as Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Ensembles at Belmont University where he conducts the Belmont Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, coordinates athletic bands, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior to his appointment at Belmont, Dr. Kraus served on the faculty at Baylor University as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the 275-member Golden Wave Marching Band. He previously taught at the University of Texas as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band and in the Waco Independent School District as Assistant Director of Bands. Dr. Kraus holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Arizona State University, the Master of Music Degree from Baylor University, and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Oklahoma State University.
As a guest conductor, he has appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American Band Master’s Association National Conference, and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association. His principal conducting teachers include Gary Hill, Michael Haithcock, and Joseph Missal. Dr. Kraus has been a frequent guest conductor with regional and area honor bands and served as an adjudicator for marching and concert festivals in several states.
Dr. Kraus has presented research and conference clinics related to conducting at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Music Educator’s National Conference, the CBDNA National Conference, and the International Conference on Arts and Humanities. His writings are published in the Journal of Band Research and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Active in professional organizations, Dr. Kraus is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Directors Association, College Music Society, and the Conductor’s Guild. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and holds honorary memberships in Kappa KappiPsi and Tau Beta Sigma.