About Barry Moyer

If you ask anyone who knew him, they would almost always tell you Barry was a big guy and a gentle person.  He lived on the West Coast in the Bay area for much of his life, but was living in a suburb of Washington, DC, by the time he reached retirement age.  Appreciative of experiences to play music with others, Barry enjoyed attending workshops, including both Mountain Collegium and the Bloom Early Music Workshop.  Barry's collection of recorders included two contrabass recorders and two great bass recorders, among various other recorders and Renaissance instruments.


In the days of the Bloom Workshop prior to the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19, Barry would always be in the back row of Dwayne Heisler's garage during the nightly playing sessions.  Frequently, he would be playing a great bass recorder while others around him played his other large recorders.  He and his partner Judy contributed heavily to the purchase and preparation of meals, and Judy practically lived in the kitchen making sure all 30 or so workshop participants stayed fed.  


On February 2, 2021, Barry Moyer passed away, but his generosity lives on.  Friends collaborated to commission a piece of music in Barry's honor, with a premier performance anticipated sometime before the end of 2021.  Additional support from these friends helped Mountain Collegium's Bloom Early Music Workshop establish a fund to help early musicians attend a high-quality and engaging workshop.  Two full tuition workstudy scholarships are available in 2021, the year Bloom teams with Mountain Collegium and moves to a new location in Bloomsburg, PA.

Barry Moyer Workstudy Scholarship Application

Mountain Collegium's Bloom Early Music Workshop invites motivated early musicians to apply for the Barry Moyer Workstudy Scholarship.  This award is intended for enthusiastic musicians who would otherwise be unable to attend a weekend workshop, or who would otherwise feel financially burdened with the costs associated with the workshop.


Awards are for workstudy tasks which are light labor or clerical and include (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Assisting with participant check-in
  • Set-up and break down classrooms
  • Help set up and clean up for meals

Completion of tasks may require workstudy recipients to miss small portions of class periods (for example, to help set up for lunch).


Applications are due no later than August 15 and awards will be announced by August 20.  Applicants should also complete the workshop application.  In the event you are not awarded a workstudy scholarship, we will refund any money you already paid should you need to withdraw your registration.


The workstudy award does not include housing or meals served outside the workshop (workshop tuition includes potluck dinner Friday evening, light breakfast Saturday morning, lunch Saturday, and light breakfast Sunday morning).

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