As a pianist, Stacey Barelos specializes in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the music of living composers. Her solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, which features works by living composers with ties to the American Midwest, was released by Albany Records in 2008. The American Record Guide said “Stacey Barelos…plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording…”
Regarding her performance of Henry Cowell's Dynamic Motion and the Five Encores to Dynamic Motion, Gunther Schuller said, "It was by far the best performing of Cowell's piano music I've heard in a half a century - or perhaps ever." Much of her research, dedicated to helping performers and teachers with the music of Henry Cowell, can be found on her website, www.cowellpiano.com. Her CD of piano music by Cowell was released by Centaur Records in 2012.
As a composer, Stacey’s works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia. Recent premieres include thread, stitch, weave, bind for string ensemble inspired by the work of Sheila Hicks and The Piano is Stressing Us Out written especially for the audience at her 2015 TEDx Omaha talk. Her works can be heard on the Albany and Blue Griffin labels.
A teacher of private piano and composition for almost 20 years, Dr. Barelos has also held positions at Missouri Southern State University, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Bowling Green State University and Luther College.
In all musical endeavors, Stacey works to bridge the gap between musician and audience through engaging programming, humor and most recently, crayons.