Salem Names School of Music Director

Salem Names School of Music Director

January 23, 2012
headshot of Barbara Lister-Sink

Barbara Lister-Sink was recently appointed director of the Salem College School of Music. Most recently, Lister-Sink served as acting director and artistic director from 2009-2011. She also previously succeeded Dean Clemens Sandresky as the first female dean of the Salem College School of Music, from 1986-1992. In this position, she has the responsibility for and oversight of major operations encompassing budget, course planning and scheduling, hiring, faculty evaluation, marketing and public relations and artistic programs.

Lister-Sink, an internationally acclaimed performer and global leader in the field of injury-preventive keyboard technique, is also artist-in-residence and professor of piano at Salem. During her tenure at Salem, she designed and now directs America’s first fully accredited professional certificate program in injury-preventive keyboard technique.

Lister-Sink has also served as experienced evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and as a private consultant for music departments throughout the United States. Since 1996, she has been the executive director of Wingsound International, an organization dedicated to helping pianists and organists throughout the world develop injury-preventive technique. She is also president of the Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to offer scholarships for the study of injury-preventive keyboard technique.

Cristy Lynn Brown will continue her duties as associate director of the School of Music. Brown is also an instructor of voice at Salem.

“I consider the School of Music and Salem College to be extremely fortunate in having two such talented, able and dedicated faculty members who are willing to serve in these important positions,” says Susan Calovini, dean of the college and vice president of academic and student affairs.