Olimpia Barbera

Mrs. Olimpia Barbera, a pianist, has been actively involved in supporting music education all her life, beginning with helping to establish a free music school for underprivileged children in Argentina.  In Venezuela she formed and conducted a remarkable musical group of children from the School for the Deaf who played percussion and wind instruments, as well as traditional native instruments.  The ensemble performed throughout the country, often times accompanying a children's choir from the School for the Blind.  This pro bono work was recognized nationally when Mrs. Barbera was named Woman of the Year in Venezuela.  Mrs. Barbera continues to be involved as a teacher and patron of the arts.  The Latin American Music Center in the Jacobs School of Music's Library and Recital Center is named in honor of Anthony and Olimpia Barbera.  Established in 1992, the Anthony and Olimpia Barbera Latin American Music Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to Latin American students majoring in music at Indiana University.