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Barbara Lister-Sink

Director of the School of Music (on administrative leave)
Salem College Distinguished Professor of Piano
Artist in Residence

Barbara Lister-Sink is an internationally acclaimed performer and a global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique. A graduate of Smith College and recipient of the Prix d’Excellence from Utrecht Conservatory, she is currently Director of the School of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC. Her critically acclaimed video/DVD Freeing the Caged Bird won the 2002 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy National Award and was praised as “A monumental work!" by Vladimir Ashkenazy.


Former keyboardist for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Lister-Sink has taught at Duke University, the Brevard Music Center and was on the Artist Faculty of the Eastman School of Music from 1979 to 1986.  She has performed as soloist throughout Europe and North America and has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished musicians. Lister-Sink has performed with the Harvard Chamber Players and at the New Hampshire, Skaneateles, Brevard and Chautauqua summer music festivals.


As a world leader in teaching injury-preventive technique, Lister-Sink has given numerous presentations for national and international music organizations, including the Music Teachers National Association, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Canadian Professional Piano Teachers Association, the International Klavar Foundation, and the European Piano Teachers Association, London, England Chapter. She appears frequently as state MTNA convention artist, and in 1992 she was a presenter and performer for the First World Congress of Arts and Medicine in New York City. Lister-Sink’s articles and reviews have appeared in leading music journals, as well as in the Southern Medical Journal and Current Research in Arts Medicine. She was cited in the 2000 Centennial Edition of Piano & Keyboard as one of the pedagogical leaders of the 20th century.


Lister-Sink directs the US’s first fully accredited Professional Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. Through this Program, as well as her  DVD,  and hundreds of workshops at universities, conservatories, summer institutes, AGO chapters and professional organizations, Lister-Sink has helped thousands of keyboardists around the world remove technical obstacles to their musical development.


Lister-Sink is currently enrolled at Columbia University Teachers College of New York in the Doctoral Cohort Program in College Music Teaching. She is pursuing research in pedagogy, movement science and neuroscience to determine the most effective means of teaching injury-preventive technique and maximizing artistry.

School of Music Faculty


Soloist Diploma and Prix d'Excellence, Utrecht Conservatory
A.B., Smith College