Omaha native Stacey Barelos is a performer, composer, and educator. As a performer, she specializes in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the music of living composers. Regarding her first solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, the American Record Guide said, “Stacey Barelos…plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording…” Barelos has also done extensive research on the piano music of American composer Henry Cowell, much of which can be seen on her website: www.cowellpiano.com. Most recently, Dr. Barelos has toured Nebraska with a concert of solo piano and toy piano works by Nebraska composers.
As a composer, Stacey’s eclectic works have been performed on five continents and can be heard on the Albany and Blue Griffin labels. In 2019 her piece Starfish was featured at toy piano festivals in Como, Italy and Seoul, Korea and her recent work Quarantine was premiered at the March 2021 Generator Series concert “How are you, really?”.
Dr. Barelos received her DMA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she teaches at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival.