Violist Shane Barker enjoys a varied career as educator, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral violist. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio and Phoenix Chamber Players, and has collaborated with harpist Maryanne Meyer, harpsichordist Lewis Baratz, flutist Pamela Taylor, and pianists Rob Keiser, Barbara Browne, Carol-Ann Aicher and Ekaterina Popova. In an effort to expand the viola repertoire, Shane has premiered works by Jeremy Gill, Andrea Clearfield, Paul Hayden, Andrew Litts and many others. Especially passionate about community outreach, Shane has implemented residencies at the Lyons VA Hospital, Southampton Estates, the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, and the Nurture Nature Center where he was Artistic Director of the Music of the Elements series. Shane holds degrees from Temple University and North Carolina School of the Arts where he served as teaching assistant to current Juilliard Tianjin faculty member Sheila Browne, and studied with Evelyn Jacobs-Luise, Karen Ritscher, Helen Kwalwasser and Ann Roggen.