Dr. Barbara MacGregor is organist at The United Methodist Church of Berea where she enjoys playing the 49 rank Janke tracker pipe organ and being in the Ministry of Music with a very musical congregation. She was awarded the Associate Degree by the American Guild of Organists and is on the Executive Committee of both the Cleveland and the Akron chapters. Barbara also received national certification as a Director of Music through the Board of Diaconal Ministry in the United Methodist Church. She has been involved in the musical life of Northeastern Ohio throughout her career and was keyboard player for the Akron Symphony Orchestra and accompanist for the Akron Symphony Chorus for many years.
Barbara is Professor of Music Emerita at The University of Akron where she taught Organ, Harpsichord, Music Theory courses and served as Performance Coordinator and Keyboard Studies Chair for 35 years. As a church musician, she was Principal Organist/Director of Music and Artistic Director of the Trinity Organ Concert Series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron for fifteen years and previously served as Organist and Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Akron for twenty years. For twelve years she also was organist for the Chautauqua on Lake Erie Program in Lakeside, Ohio.
As a performer and a clinician, Dr. MacGregor has been invited to perform and to give presentations for professional music organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, Music Teachers National Association, the American Federation of Music Clubs, the American Bach Society, Masterclass Church Music Conference, and for church denominations throughout the United States. Solo performances include appearances at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina, the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Washington National Cathedral, Interlochen Arts Academy, Heinz Chapel – Pittsburgh, Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall. She also enjoys collaborative playing and has performed with a variety of artists including Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Dave Brubeck and Eugenia Zuckerman. In Europe, she has performed on historic pipe organs in England, Scotland, France, Holland, Lithuania and Latvia. Barbara continues to perform solo recitals and chamber music with many wonderful musicians in our area.