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In Memory

Barbara J Wells (Wellspring)

Barbara J Wells (Wellspring)


                                                         Barbara at WSU circa 1967

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From Kalvos.com       Date:  UNKN

Following her competition-winning performance of the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto at Boston's Jordan Hall, Christopher Swan of the Christian Science Monitor remarked: "She wasn't good; she was amazing. Miss Wellspring is a gifted pianist ... what she has you can't pay for or acquire with assiduous effort -- a voice of her own and an electric intensity as a performer."

Barbara made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 in her native state of Washington. She has performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem Orchestra on Broadway, and engagements with the Vermont Philharmonic. A successful competitor in the 1973 Artists International Auditions, Barbara was presented in her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall the following year. A scholarship student of Zenon Fishbein, Barbara received her Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1972. Other teachers have included Gary Graffman, as well as Anthony di Bonaventura in conjunction with the doctoral program in performance at Boston University. In 1983, Barbara was a featured artist in the New England Performing Arts Showcase, and a finalist in the Boston Pops auditions.

Barbara's recital credits include engagements in the major halls of New York and Boston, numerous radio appearances including "Morning Pro Musica" and school and community programs throughout the U.S. A member of the Vermont Council on the Arts Touring Artists Register, Barbara enjoys a widening reputation for her specially-designed programs combining performance and commentary. Recently she has developed an innovative listener-choice format which she calls The Classical Sampler.

Barbara now performs her own works. Written in a manner that is largely "channeled", she describes her style as a New Age-Classical fusion. Barbara is currently producing her second album, "Out of the Blue", following "Celebrations of the Heart" in the winter of 1992. Her solo piano or keyboard music is being published by Edel Publishers of Burlington, Vermont.

Her commentary: "When I started composing four years ago quite out of the blue, I knew the music had a spiritual purpose and message. This music is not mine in the sense of possession or ownership, but belongs to everyone -- I happen to be the body and spirit through which it is manifest. People say it helps them heal, relax, feel soothed, nourished and uplifted, and connected with their inner being. This music, which is part of the new consciousness of Love and Light, is the fusion of New Age and Classical elements. I am privileged to be the instrument through which it is channeled to others."  “


From the Sierra County Sentinel 2/14/2014

Dear Editor,

T-or-C and Sierra County suffered a sad loss last month with the death of musician Barbara Wellspring, who passed away January 14People who knew Barbara were astounded and delighted by her musical ability and the power and beauty of the music she wrote.  Many people in T-or- C owned and played her "Healing Music" CDs, and benefited from the uplifting spiritual quality of her work.

Kalvos.com offers brief bio of her life and a chance to hear a little of her music.  According to the online bio, "Christopher Swan of the Christian Science Monitor remarked: "She wasn't good; she was amazing.  Miss Wellspring is a gifted pianist......what she has you can't pay for or acquire with assiduous effort - a voice of her own and an electric intensity as a performer.'" 

Those of us who were fortunate enough to call her a friend knew not only her amazing music but also her unique, quirky humor and refreshing take on life.  In her later years, she didn't do concerts, though she continued to write music, and the musical afternoons at her modest T-or-C home were much too rare.

One of the best characteristics of our little town is the reservoir of amazing people who live quiet, unremarkable lives here.  With Barbara Wellspring's passing our community is diminished a little and her friends are saddened by the loss of a world-class talent.

Farewell, Barbara Wellspring........we'll miss you.

s/J Hopkins


T-or-C, NM  (Truth or Consequences, New Mexico)


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04/17/15 06:42 AM #1    

Clarice Little (McKenney)

What an amazing life of inspiration and achievement.  I regret that I did not know her or even experience her wonderful music until now. 

04/28/15 10:48 AM #2    

Sherry LaVigne (LaVigne)

I have many memories of Barb.  We were Girl Scouts together and her lively and energetic take on life kept everyone watching what would come next.  We were in piano lessons together and I remember she was always practicing (unlike myself!) and I can still see her there at her piano.  I think we managed to spend some time in the Prinicipal's office together because we often could not contain our animated conversations after recess was over.  We shared Mrs. Riley's 5th grade class and often spent time in the school kitchen opening giant cans together.  Barb was full of life and ready to jump into activity we could think of.  I believe it was her enthusiasm and energy that made our friendship so memorable.  She accomplished so much in the years after Spokane and I am sad that we did not stay in touch but very glad for the good memories of our time together as children.

04/30/15 01:09 PM #3    

Cheryl A Christoffersen (Wright)

I wanted to add that Barbara was also a very kind and generous person. She contacted me in 2010--she had remembered something that happened in junior high that involved me and wanted to share it. I was pretty amazed, since we were only acquaintances back then, but we corresponded for a while and I learned about her music accomplishments. She sent me some of her original cd's and sheet music with hints on how to practice and play them. What a treasure!! I know she shared her gift with many people in her lifetime. Through her music and the memories we all have, her spirit truly lives on.

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