Carol Barnett is an American composer. Barnett's compositions range from solo piano, voice, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind ensemble. She is a charter member of the American Composers Forum, a former McKnight fellow, and her works, including the popular Bluegrass Mass, are performed internationally. Click here to peruse or purchase works by this audacious and engaging female composer!

Rising golden sun,
the music of a new day;
come, share it with me.


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Sonata for Horn and Piano

"Winter, Snow"

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...A fun new idea! Vocal music for young singers by contemporary composers. Bravo to Robert Peavler and North Star Music, LLC. Find my "Blessing" in Mezzo-soprano Vol. 2:

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...My first time on a podcast!

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...It's out! To preview the audio (and order the CD), click below: LOCK & KEY VOLUME II, featuring my "Shaker Suite: Canterbury." Order now:
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...Delighted and humbled:

King's Singers Jury Commendation

"It is a privilege to commend Carol E Barnett on this poignantly lovely work filled with surprising lilts and contrapuntal movement between the voices."

Currently Working On...

...a new setting of the "O Antiphons"

...Editing a new version of my chamber opera, Snow

Hot Off the Press...

..."Bells, Blessings" appearing in Oxford University Press' Carols for Choirs, Vol. 6, summer 2023 Consortio project, "Cliff Notes" for SATB and piano. For more information visit my Consortio page

...A setting of Minnesota poet Louis Jenkins' "Witches" and "Bat" for mezzo and piano

..."Summer 2020" for organ and French horn, to be premiered at the AGO conference in Seattle 2022

..."A Monument to Adam" for chorus and bluegrass band, for the Cantata Singers/will wickham

...Will's Ladies, for Clara Osowski and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Will Schrickel

Premiere Opportunities


Golden Slumbers
SATB a cappella

chamber opera