Barbara Ulman

Contemporary Classical Music

   Raised in a music-loving family, I started piano lessons at age seven, and began playing chamber music when I was twelve.  After many years of singing in choruses, accompanying choruses and soloists on the piano, and playing chamber music, I returned to college for a second B.A., this time in Music Theory and Composition.

   As a composer, my intention is to write music that is accessible and lyrical, yet contemporary sounding.  My love of poetry and the human voice has inspired me to write  art songs and music for chorus.  These are presented on this site, along with music for solo piano and for small instrumental ensembles.

  Besides music, I love all the other arts and the beauty of nature.  I frequently attend plays, poetry readings, and art galleries.  Hiking and canoeing are among my favorite outdoor activities.


07 December 2018, Article

One Loon's Afternoon: history of this piece

When I first heard about a loon being rescued from tangled fishing line in the summer of 2008, I wanted to share the story by writing a musical composition about it. I asked my friend Rachel Oliver to write a poem telling the tale. During the following ...

29 November 2018, News

One Loon's Afternoon scores ready

 One Loon's Afternoon is for SATB chorus, clarinet, and flute.  Editing and preparing the scores took much too long; finally I have offered them for sale on MusicaNeo.  Besides a conductor's score and separate parts, there are two scores ...