Alicia Barker

Violin Teacher

Alicia Barker

SAA Member


Cockeysville, MD
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A native of Syracuse, NY, Alicia Barker is a passionate performer and teacher. She is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music with a degree in Violin Performance and Music Education. At Eastman, Alicia studied privately with Federico Agostini, chamber music with the Ying Quartet, and orchestral violin repertoire with Juliana Athayde. In 2017, Alicia joined the first violin section of the McLean Orchestra. In addition, Alicia is a substitute violinist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Apollo Orchestra and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She also frequently performs with Symphoria, the professional orchestra of Central New York. Alicia was a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she has worked with world famous artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Riccardo Muti, Semyon Bychkov, and Robert Chen. She was also a violin fellow at the National Orchestral Institute, where she worked with internationally renowned faculty such as William Preucil, Asher Fisch, and Jennifer Ross, among many others. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Alicia performed on the music staff for guests at CAMP-of-the-WOODS, a Christian resort and conference. Previously, Alicia has served as a lead violin teacher for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, where she instructed and mentored violin students in Baltimore’s inner city. Alicia is a certified public school teacher in multiple states, and is registered to teach Suzuki Book 1. She also teaches privately at every level. A former Suzuki student herself, Alicia grew up in a musical family. Her father, John, is a professional clarinetist, and helped influence her to begin violin training at age five. Alicia and her husband Matthew Barker, fourth trumpet in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, reside in Cockeysville, MD. She thoroughly enjoys attending BSO concerts weekly!  In her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Satchmo.