Saint Paul Sunday® began its radio broadcast life in 1980 as Saint Paul Sunday Morning, a creation of Minnesota Public Radio. It went national in 1981 and for 25 years every Sunday, brought chamber music and conversation to millions of listeners both nationally, and later, internationally. The idea behind the program—which was recorded live-to-tape in real time—was to present great chamber music of all kinds with informal yet informative conversation, as if the concert and talk were happening right in your living room. The host was conductor/composer Bill McGlaughlin. Steve Barnett was music producer of Saint Paul Sunday® for 25 years, producing many of the world's best-known and soon-to-be-known musical artists for broadcast. Saint Paul Sunday® received the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence, the highest honor that can be given to an American broadcast program, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for programming. A selected list of artists that Steve produced for the radio program appears beneath the quote below.

In the article "Each Show Is Different: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes at Saint Paul Sunday," Vaughn Ormseth, former senior producer, describes Steve's work in the studio:

"Other than the musicians themselves (who tend to be their own harshest critics), the person who suggests musical retakes is Steve Barnett. With a lightning-fast ear and an even quicker pencil, he follows each work in its score as it's performed, noting problems in interpretation, ensemble, technique, tempo, and intonation. Approaching musicians with these blemishes can be a delicate task - one Barnett handles skillfully, neither pushing too hard nor compromising too soon. Dealing with retakes has to be handled individually with each artist Barnett says, some very straightforwardly, some coming at it 'from an angle'. But almost always with humor and a smile."



Beaux Arts Trio; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Dorian Wind Quintet; Eighth Blackbird; Empire Brass Quintet; Emerson String Quartet; Endellion String Quartet; Eroica Quartet; "FOG" Trio (Jorja Fleezanis, violin; Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Michael Grebanier, cello); Guarneri String Quartet; Juilliard String Quartet; Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; Ani Kavafian (violin & viola) David Shifrin,(clarinet), & André-Michel Schub (piano); Kronos Quartet; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Mendelssohn String Quartet; Musicians from Marlboro; Mark O'Conner and the Appalachia Waltz Trio; Opus One (Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano); Orion String Quartet; Takács String Quartet; Tashi (Peter Serkin, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Fred Sherry, cello; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet)

Joshua Bell, violin, & Frederic Chiu, piano; Carter Brey, cello; David Finckel, cello, & Wu Han, piano; Elliot Fisk, guitar; Pamela Frank, violin; James Galway, flute; Hillary Hahn, violin; Sharon Isbin, guitar; Steven Isserlis, cello; Leila Josefowicz, violin; Nigel Kennedy, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Edgar Meyer, doublebass; Midori, violin; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, & Lambert Orkis, piano; Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute; Paula Robison, flute; The Romeros, guitars; Gil Shaham, violin; Robert Stoltzman, clarinet, & Lukas Foss, piano; Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Pieter Wispelwey, cello; Eugenia Zuckerman, flute

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Yefim Bronfman, piano; Imogen Cooper, piano; Claude Frank, piano; Richard Goode, piano; Angela Hewitt, piano; Paul Jacobs, organ; Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Lang Lang, piano; Garrick Ohlsson, piano; Christopher O'Riley, piano; Charles Rosen, piano; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Renée Fleming, soprano; Håkan Hagegård, tenor, Thomas Hampson, baritone, & Craig Rutenberg, piano; Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Erie Mills, soprano; Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Dawn Upshaw, soprano, & Gilbert Kalish, piano

Chanticleer; Moses Hogan Chorale with Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor; King's College Choir; King's Singers; Trio Mediaeval; St. Olaf Choir; Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers; Dale Warland Singers

Anonymous 4; Baltimore Consort; Anner Bylsma, fortepiano; Deller Consort; Jorg Demus, fortepiano; David Douglass, violin; Ellen Hargis, soprano; Paul O'Dette, lute & theorbo; Hespèrion XXI; Paul Hillier and the Theater of Voices; Christopher Hogwood and the American Academy of Music' John Holloway, baroque violin; Andrew Lawrence King and the Harp Consort; King's Noyse; Emma Kirkby and Fretwork; Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord; Andrew Manze, baroque violin, & Richard Egarr, harpsichord; Musica Antiqua Köln; Newberry Consort; Michala Petri, recorder; Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord; The Sixteen; Tallis Scholars

Kansas City Symphony; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Ravi Shankar; Rumillajta

Art Farmer Quintet; Dick Hyman, piano; Cleo Laine, vocalist, & John Dankworth, Saxophones; Marian McPartland, piano; Modern Jazz Quartet; Max Roach Quartet; Swingle Singers



The Sunday Sessions:
American Air
The Sunday Sessions:
Full Measure
The Sunday Sessions:
Mixed Company
The Sunday Sessions:
Sleepers Awake
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The Sunday Sessions:
Master Play