Ms. Barksdale graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education. During her time at GSU, she was president of the university's student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and worked as a University Assistant in the School of Music. As a member of the GSU University Singers, Ms. Barksdale sang soprano 1 on the group's debut recorded project Evening Hymn, competed and won first prize in the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany, and was on an episode of the Walking Dead! Ms. Barksdale currently serves as the Assistant Music Director and the Assistant Program Director of Camp Covenant, both at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, GA.
Under her direction as Director of Choral Activities at Northgate High School, the Viking Voices have earned three Superior and two Excellent Ratings in performance and sight-reading at Large Group Performance Evaluation and have sent students that won First Place in Women's Trio and Women's Solo and Second Place in Men's Solo at Region Literary Meet. In her free time, Ms. Barksdale enjoys cooking, hiking, listening to Dave Matthews Band and most importantly, snuggling with her tuxedo cat, Violet.