Western Pennsylvania native Amy Baker began her study on the bassoon while in high school under the tutelage of Mark Pancerev. Ms. Baker earned her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with David McGill, Ronald Phillips, and John Clouser. She continued her musical education at Cleveland State University and studied with Jonathan Sherwin. Ms. Baker graduated with her Master of Music degree with a concentration in music education from Eastern Kentucky University.
Ms. Baker is an active chamber music performer in the tri-state area. She is a member of the woodwind quintet Cincopation which has performed in various venues in the Pittsburgh area including the Westmoreland Symphony Chamber Music Series and the Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch series. She appeared as a guest artist with the Academy Chamber Ensemble in 2019, performing Mozart’s Sonata for Bassoon and Cello, Franz Krommer’s Quartet for Bassoon and Strings, and Willy Hess’ Quintet for Contrabassoon and Strings. That series was featured on WQED-FM’s Performance in Pittsburgh. Ms. Baker performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto as a soloist with the Chagrin Valley Chamber Orchestra.
Also active as an orchestral musician, Ms. Baker is the second bassoonist/contrabassoonist with the Westmoreland Symphony and principal bassoonist with the Academy Chamber Orchestra. She was recently appointed principal contrabassoonist with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and has performed with many other orchestras in the area.
Ms. Baker is passionate about teaching and has served as the bassoon instructor at Slippery Rock University since 2010. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she has also served on the faculty of Seton Hill University and the Cleveland Music School Settlement Summer Music Camp.
Ms. Baker is also a registered nurse and is an advocate for musician health and wellness. She is an oncology-certified nurse and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.
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