Meet the Annual Conference Musicians: Alan OW Barnes


We want to introduce the musicians that will be assisting with the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

First up, bassist Alan OW Barnes.

Alan is a musician and sequential artist from Damascus, Virginia who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Kim and their daughter Keira. His diverse background in both visual and audio storytelling gives him a unique perspective on media creation which has led to a wide array of projects and clients.

A professional musician since 1992, Alan has worked with artists in a diverse range of styles, serving as a bassist, mandolinist, mandocellist, arranger, composer, audio engineer, and musical director. In addition to freelance work, Alan has served as a staff musician for Mount Pisgah UMC since 2002. In 2014 he became the Music Director for Mount Pisgah UMC.

Notable original music projects include Revisionist History (containing two long form works for modern chamber ensemble) and Gestures (a collection of short jazz tunes), as well The Wesley Project which puts text from Charles Wesley in a new “progressive folk” setting. The Wesley Project received positive press at

Alan taught at the Atlanta Institute of Music from 1997-2005. He taught at the Art Institute of Atlanta from 2006-2014. He held an adjunct position at Vanderbilt University from 2006-2008. During that time he taught a wide array of music, audio, animation, and video courses.

Alan holds a BM and an MM from Belmont University in music composing and arranging, and an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.