A dominant feature of Barbara Carter’s life has been music, especially church music. She began playing the pianos for Sunday School and Training Union at the age of eleven. In her home church she sang in a children’s choir, in a girls’ ensemble, and then the adult choir. She became the church organist at the age of fourteen and continued in that responsibility throughout her years at North Texas State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high honors. She has done graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she was a music assistant in piano, and at Baylor University where she was staff accompanist in the School of Music.
In addition to music studies, she earned a Library Science Certification from Baylor and went on to establish the La Vega Primary Center library. She was also co-author of a study on technology in school libraries published in the Journal of Educational Technology.
She has played organ or piano in several churches through the years. In First Baptist Church of Dallas, she played the harp in the orchestra, was an assistant pianist, played handbells, and worked with children’s choirs.
Barbara was the Music Secretary at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for several years. She has been an accompanist for soloists, ensembles, and choirs of all ages through the years, has sung in ensembles and choirs, served on music committees and as a choir officer, worked with children’s choirs and youth choirs, played handbells, and was church pianist at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco for twenty years before retiring in 2010.
For fifty years Barbara has taught piano and harp lessons. Her students have excelled in performances and have won numerous awards in piano and harp competitions and in theory tests. She was the president of the East Texas Music Teachers Association in Tyler and has been a member of the Waco Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, and of the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She has been a judge for the national Guild of Piano Teachers auditions, for the Texas Baptist All-State Youth Choir auditions, and for the Hymn-Playing Festivals sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. It is a joy to her that many of her students are now church musicians.
Barbara established an endowed scholarship at Truett Seminary in honor of Ed Wittner, who served as the Minister of Music at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco for over 25 years. Its purpose is to assist students who are preparing to serve as church musicians. She also contributes to several other usia-related scholarships for students. She also completed and published the Cumulative Fourteen-Year Index of the Piano Technicians Journal, a project originally undertaken by Danny L. Boone and Barbara N. Boone.
Barbara has two daughters who have graduated from Baylor and a grandson who is looking forward to Attending Baylor. She is an avid traveler and has enjoyed visiting places where great composers lived and worked.