Rodney Barbour has been featured in concert and in leading worship from pipe-digital organs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, England and Italy. He has led the “charge” from pop organs at the Cincinnati Reds Baseball and Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AAA Hockey games. On the trombone you may have heard Rodney playing for the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band or the Holiday on Ice Orchestra, as well as in local concert and jazz bands and church ensembles. He has played euphonium and tuba in several “TUBA-Christmas” gatherings as well as “oom-pah-ed” on the accordion at Oktoberfest parties!
Rodney’s concerts feature a myriad of tonal colors and styles. With both his playing and dialogue with his audiences, it was noted at a recent church dedication concert: “Rodney captured the whole room! While the concert was informative and educational, it was also played with excellence, humor and most importantly glorifying to the Lord.” Rodney blends MIDI orchestral sounds with traditional organ voices seamlessly and like no other—proving the point he teaches at his highly regarded MIDI seminars—the digital organ is the ultimate MIDI controller. Audiences are delighted with the breadth of literature Rodney is able to successfully include in his programs, and are left breathless at the variety and quality of the sounds they hear.
Born in Huntington, WV, Rodney Barbour attended Vinson High School and Marshall University (B.M. Music Education, Organ, Trombone). Moving to Cincinnati, Rodney earned the M.M. Degree in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, and also engaged in Doctoral Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. Rodney has presented Masterclasses in Organ-MIDI performance at National and Regional American Guild of Organist Conventions as well as national gatherings of musicians of most denominations. Rodney has worked as Product Specialist for Church Organ Systems-Baldwin Piano and Organ, and Rodgers Instruments. Rodney has published articles in several national music periodicals as well as contributing to three published organ music collections (LifeWay, Hope, Concordia Publishing). Rodney is currently beginning his TWELFTH YEAR as Director of Worship and Arts at Crestview Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Ohio where he conducts a 45-voice Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Worship Band, and Brass Choir. Rodney describes the worship music at Crestview as “authentic eclectic” as in the sanctuaries he moves from conducting to times playing a pipe organ, a digital organ, a grand piano, a keyboard, a Hammond B-3 and his accordion. Rodney is a connoisseur of ice cream, pizza and spaghetti and loves playing golf with his amazing beloved wife of six years, Cheri Smith-Barbour.