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J.R Barrett-Drew was born in1971 in Toronto and was raised in Bedford Nova Scotia. After receiving her music education from Dawson College in Montreal, the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Barrett-Drew relocated to Prince Edward Island with her husband, fellow classical guitarist Robert Drew. At that time the two officially opened Fretworks Guitar Studio which has since provided instruction in classical guitar, piano, music theory and music for young children. During that time the couple has had two children. In December 2001, Barrett-Drew received ‘First-Place’ in the international composition competition which was held at the eighth annual guitar festival “Renaissance of the Guitar” organized by Ihar Shoshyn and Victor Kiyenia in Gomel, Belarus. The competition was for the best guitar miniature written for solo classical guitar. The title of the work was ‘The Troll.’ The piece was performed at the festival and was published in Eastern Europe in an anthology of miniatures for the classical guitar. Barrett-Drew’s compositions have been featured at the East Coast Music Awards (2003) and The Contact East Conference (2003) and at numerous festivals and events throughout the maratimes. September 2003 marked the release of a CD titled ‘Ocean Suite’, a collection of Barrett-Drew’s compositions for solo classical guitar performed by Robert Drew.