Barbara Morris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and as a child watched her father, Richard Scalf, play the violin in the Albuquerque Symphony. Thus, at an early age, she knew that playing the violin was what she wanted to do. After high school, Barbara played in the Festival of Three Cities Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, and won a college scholarship for her solo performance. Barbara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of New Mexico.
The 2016–2017 season marks Barbara’s sixteenth with The Santa Fe Symphony. She also plays with the New Mexico Philharmonic and the San Juan Symphony. Barbara holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico, specializing in learning disabilities and full-inclusion classrooms. She currently teaches history at Grant Middle School. Barbara is also an adjunct professor for the University of New Mexico, and teaches education classes to graduate level teacher candidates.
The music gene continues on in Barbara’s family. Her son, Thomas, has a successful rock band named The Coma Recovery. Their third commercial CD was released in July of 2011, and they have traveled extensively throughout the United States.