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Carmel's newest Fine Arts faculty

January 26, 2017

Carmel’s music program adds two new faces to its music program in 2017 with the addition of faculty members Tim Barclay and Matt Doran.

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Tim Barclay

Carmel’s new go to band guy is so popular in the area that he won’t be joining the Fine Arts department full-time until next year. But that doesn’t mean that the Instrumental Music Director Tim Barclay isn’t taking control of Carmel’s music program.

Barclay teaches Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and AP Music theory during the day and spends early mornings on Mondays and Wednesdays teaching the Jazz Band at 6:30 a.m. Another assistant band director, Bryan Grabowski teaches on Friday mornings when Barclay is unavailable.

Because of contractural obligations elsewhere, Barclay splits his time between Carmel and other schools, which is where Assistant Instrumental Music Director, Matt Doran steps in.

After graduating from Western Illinois University with a Music degree and the University of North Texas with a Master of Music degree, Tim Barclay spent ten years teaching music at high school and college levels. Like Doran, Tim Barclay also taught at Vernon Hills High School, as well as John Hersey High School and Libertyville High School. Barclay specializes in saxophone, but also enjoys flute, piano, and some guitar.

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    Matt Doran

    Assistant Instrumental Music Director, Matt Doran, has stepped in to help out when Tim Barclay is not available. In addition to subbing in Barclay’s classes, Doran will also be conducting the pit orchestra for the upcoming Spring musical, The Sound of Music.

    Equipped with a Bachelor in music and degrees in both music education and organ performance from Northern Illinois University, Doran has been professionally active for about a decade. Before Carmel, he was a music theory tutor at his college, taught instruments to kindergarteners and, most recently, taught music at Vernon Hills High School.

    He has mastered all of the standard Western wind and percussion instruments at basic levels and has a diverse knowledge of musical instruments. Doran has played professionally in many concerts as an accompanist, ensemble member and even as a soloist.

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