PRESS: Virginia Barron and Buffalo String Works

Many readers will recognize Virginia Barron’s name as that of the Classical 94.5 WNED announcer who recently left radio to devote more time to Buffalo String Works, a West Side after-school music program that she cofounded and directs with Yuki Numata Resnick. Providing a foundation for these more recent activities is her career as teacher and freelance violist; Barron played for more than fifteen years as sub and extra musician in the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She moved to Buffalo in order to be with husband Charles J. Smith, associate professor of music theory at the University at Buffalo. (“He had a tenured job; I did not.”) Those lucky enough to have played with her can attest to her spectacular musicianship and the value of both her presence in Buffalo and her work with Buffalo String Works (BSW)