Barbara Truex has taught guitar, dulcimer, music theory and improvisation for over 35 years. She teaches through private instruction, workshops, and school residencies. Her workshops include building cardboard dulcimers (great for ages 10 and older) and making instruments from found objects as well as sessions on stringed instruments. She has developed and led music programs for preschool centers, after schoool theater programs, taught adults through Parks and Recretions Departments and worked with children and adults with various learning disabilities. She also gives workshops and lectures on sound design for college and high school theater students.
Barbara Truex has been involved in all aspects of arts administration and production for over 40 years.
From concert production, festival organizing, and project coordination to bookkeeping, conference coordinating, and grant writing she is sought after as a thorough and responsible leader.
ARTS ADMINISTRATOR :
She is an OWNER/PARTNER of Arts Resource Service: A full spectrum arts consultation company. Founded in the mid-1980's by Truex's husband, Christopher White, ARS provides clients with numerous services. White and Truex utilize their combined talents and experience to serve a broad based group of clients including organizations and individuals.
ARS provides an extremely wide range of services including; brokering art sales, exhibition design and installation, database creation and management, grant writing, Board development, fund raising, performance bookings, financial management, and more.
Clients have included:
Mad Horse Theatre Company
Figures of Speech Theatre
Portland Stage Company
Oak Street Theatre
Maine Composers’ Forum
A Company of Girls
Bates Dance Festival
Maine Jazz Alliance
Veronica Sacred Arts (now Veronica Institute for Life Story)
Maine Performing Arts Network
21st Century Community Learning Center’s 4-state New England conference
She founded the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium in 1982 and directed it for 17 years. NDS was a week-long intensive session for mountain and hammer dulcimer students of all ages and levels. For all but the first three years NDS was held in Blue Mountain Lake NY. After passing leadership on to a long time participant, NDS continued to operate until 2015.
In addition to her own recordings, Truex has produced three other recordings:
Myth Songs, Nick Humez
Faces in the Stone, Veronica Sacred Arts
New Sounds Blue Hill Vol 1, Maine Composers’ Forum compilation
Ms. Truex has been involved with WMPG FM in Portland, Maine, for 22 years. She currently hosts a weekly program entitled "Crossfade" on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to noon. The program focuses on world music and explores the boundaries between folk and other genres, and interesting collaborations with musicians from different cultures. She also served as a programmer on WPKN FM in Bridgeport, CT (1985-89). While on WPKN Ms. Truex included a half hour weekly section devoted to children's issues and music.