Omaha native Stacey Barelos is a composer, performer, and educator. Stacey’s compositions have been performed across the U.S. and on five continents. Recently, her composition Starfish was a featured piece of toy piano festivals in Como, Italy and Seoul, South Korea. Recent premieres include many little noisy wooden things for percussion and improvisers as part of the Omaha Generator Series, and works for voice, piano, and trombone written in collaboration with the Opera Omaha One Festival. Her works are on the Albany and the Blue Griffin labels.
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 done extensive research on the piano music of American composer Henry Cowell. Centaur Records released her second CD, Henry Cowell: Piano Music, in 2012.
Dr. Barelos received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Luther College and Bowling Green State University. Stacey is an instructor in Theory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is the Theory/Composition Department Chair at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival.