"She had beautiful technique. As a gung-ho string player, I savored being in extracurricular symphony orchestras throughout my high school years because it was a full symphonic orchestra and tackled more demanding repertoire. But beautiful conducting was something I got to experience every day at school, from Barbara. It made you want to PLAY beautifully.
"Her level of care was something really special. She wasn’t easy on you, she was tough – but caring! If there was a piece or passage of music that was kicking our butt, she would take a school instrument home and slave over that part for hours until she could come back the next day and show us what to do! She was never too busy to lend assistance, in or outside of class."