Keith Barnhart’s musical exposure at an early age was a mixture of mid-century rock, classical symphonic hits and whatever his brothers bought through the Columbia House CD club in the early
90’s. He began teaching himself rock guitar at age 13 and fell in love with classical/finger-style guitar in high school.
One of Keith’s passions is performing on early plucked instruments including the lute, Baroque guitar and theorbo. He has played with the Boulder Bach Festival, Pro Musica Colorado, CCU School of Music, Seicento, CU Early Music Ensemble, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Happy Hour Chamber Concerts and UNC’s Ursa Consort. He has had the pleasure of playing basso continuo for opera productions with the University of Colorado Boulder, the San Francisco Conservatory, The American Bach Soloists Academy, the Amherst Early Music Academy and the University of Northern Colorado.
Believing in music’s healing potential, Keith works as a Certified Music Practitioner. He was trained through the Music for Healing and Transition program. He plays customized, live therapeutic music at the bedside to create a healing environment for hospitals, hospice and nursing care patients.
As an educator, Keith teaches in public schools as a Teaching Artist with the non-profit organization Lead Guitar. He also teaches ukulele at El Sistema Colorado and guitar and mandolin at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp.
Keith received his Bachelors in Classical Guitar Performance in 2006 from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. While there he studied with Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood. He received his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory in 2015 with an emphasis in Historical Performance, studying under Richard Savino and Marc Teicholz. Keith graduated in 2018 from the University of Colorado with a Doctorate of Musical Arts. While
at CU, he studied 10-string guitar with Nicolò Spera and researched and performed the music of Albert Harris.
He currently lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife Meghan and daughter Sonia.