Internationally known harpist Gail Barber performed and composed music in many styles: classical, pop, folk, jazz, and New Age. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she was featured at the Edinburgh (Scotland) Harp Festival, International Istanbul (Turkey) Music Festival, World Harp Congresses (Vienna, Jerusalem, Maastricht) and the Opening Recital of the American Harp Society National Conference.
Especially interested in the use of the harp for music healing, Gail worked extensively with a holistic health care practitioner in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ingrid Naiman.
Gail performed the closing concert at the First International Harp Therapy Conference, March 11-13, 1999, in Richmond, Virginia, and at the Congress for Spirituality and Cancer in Tourettes-sur-Loop in France, June 10-12, 2000.
During her very long professional life, Gail gave recitals, led workshops, and offered residencies in addition to full-time teaching and harp lessons. She also improvised and facilitated harp healing sessions. She enjoyed helping harpists of all levels with empowerment and relaxation techniques (hands-on), improvisation, arranging and interpretation in all styles.
Gail composed and transcribed numerous works for harp and harp ensembles. Outstanding students come from all over the world to study with her at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, where she was Professor of Harp.