Barbara Altman is originally from Los Angeles. Her early training was with Gretchen Geber. She received her formal training at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. At Eastman, she earned the Bachelor and Master of Music with Honors in cello performance as a student of Ronald Leonard. She spent one year as a member of the Milwaukee Symphony and several years as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon moving to Georgia she performed as a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra for over twenty years. She is currently principal cellist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Hilton Head Orchestra, the Columbus (GA) Symphony and the Valdosta Symphony. In addition, she performs with several chamber music ensembles. She teaches part time at Georgia College and State University, Wesleyan College, and has students privately at home. During the summers, she has served on the faculty of the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana and is currently a cellist with the Bear Valley Music Festival in the high Sierras of California.