Who We Are // Dr. Bryan Baker, Artistic Director & Conductor

Bryan Baker

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Dr. Bryan Baker has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of Masterworks Chorale since 2002. He is also the director and founder of the chamber choir Serenade; Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley; and Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Choral Society. A frequent guest conductor and choral clinician, he also frequently conducts instrumental ensembles, including the Solaris Chamber Orchestra, the Masterworks Orchestra, the Kensington Symphony, and the New Millennium Strings.

He served on the faculties of the College of San Mateo, San Francisco State University, Truman University (MO), Foothill College, and Arizona State University, and continues to maintain a busy private studio. Dr. Baker played solo concerts, chamber music, and accompanied vocal recitals across the United States and in Europe and South America.

Dr. Baker has won prizes in numerous competitions, most recently first place in the contemporary music division of the Klatzkin Keyboard Competition, and the Living Composers category of the Bay Area Keyboard Arts Competition. He received a grant for performances of chamber music and has played a wide range of unusual music for small ensembles. Dr. Baker spent a good deal of time in the theatre, first as an actor and then as a musical director. He has directed Company, Godspell, Side by Side by Sondheim, The World Goes Round, and The Apple Tree. His most recently on-stage appearances were as the The Baker in Into the Woods, and as Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy.