Janet Thoensen Barringer

Profile Updated: February 10, 2022
Residing In: N Topsail Island, NC USA
Spouse/Partner: Fred Barringer
Occupation: Freelance violinist

I graduated from the University of Iowa in Music Education and violin performance. I taught in Des Moines for 20 years as an orchestra director. I then moved to Iowa City where I taught for a few years and then became the Education Director for the Cedar Rapids Symphony and Director of the Symphony School. I realized that teaching, even private teaching was just not for me.

What I enjoy the most is playing my violin and have always cxbeen lucky to be able to do that. Along with orchestra jobs I have been fortunate to get to play with Mannheim Steamroller, the Moody Blues, National Ballet of Canada and my favorite to tell everyone- Charlie Daniels (when I saw him I thought he was a state hand!) I have always played in orchestras wherever I lived. It was great fun to play in the Quad City Symphony and once in awhile see old friends like Steve Arp and Janet Stewart.

I moved to North Carolina in 2005 to start a community school of music in Lenoir. It was a great opportunity for me to create a school in the manner I felt would be most successful. I have continued to play my violin professionally and now play in Asheville, North Carolina in that orchestra as well as the Lyric Opera. There are 6 of us in that orchestra with Iowa connections including Cathy Hennigbaum. I resigned from the Harper School in the fall of this year to concentrate- one last time on my playing.

My husband Fred Barringer has 2 grown sons so I am enjoying finally having children. We enjoy all the beauty of North Carolina and appreciate our mild weather.

My parents died within 18 months of each other. Such lovely people who always supported me in my endeavors. After my father passed away my mother simply could not get along without him. Star realtor Steve Arp was incredibly helpful to me in selling my parent's properties while I was 1000 miles away.

I see Mary (Cato) Koster quite frequently but have little contact with other friends from Iowa. I am enjoying this website for that purpose.

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Virginia started cello when I started violin at Harrison elementary. She always truly loved making music.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Mary Cato)Koster and me last summer at Thunder Bay.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM
The photo I use for publicity when I can get away with it. Lucky for me it makes me look a lot younger than I am !!!!