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Kent Baker most recently was the musical director for Really Rosie for the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Junie B. Jones: The Musical), which he accompanies during the off-season. Memorable regional credits include: Annie, Miracle on 34th Street, and Pippin. Numerous keyboard credits and high school productions. Opened for Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart. Rehearsal accompanist/chorus, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Liberty Weekend, New York (Crane School of Music, New York Philharmonic). Helped kill vaudeville as a long-time Music Director for Gaslight Village (amusement park), Lake George, NY. Educator, free-lance classical/jazz/Broadway pianist/conductor, organist, adjudicator.

Baker holds a bachelors degree in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam, NY. At Crane, Kent received a Breaky Scholarship for piano and was awarded a Crane Certificate of Merit for service to the college. As music facilitator for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union, he was named as a Distinguished Leader in Vermont Arts Education by the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education. He also holds a masters degree in computer and information sciences from the University of Phoenix.

Baker maintains an active private studio in Poultney and Castleton.

Education

  • M.S., University of Phoenix
  • B.M., Crane School of Music

Selected Accomplishments

  • Pianist: Queens Room Orchestra, Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Line), Summer, 2018
  • Music Director: Young Company, 3 seasons, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Weston, VT
  • Distinguished Leader in Vermont Arts Education, Vermont Alliance for Arts Education, 2003
  • Mensa
  • Adjudicator: New England Music Festival Association (tenor voices, piano, and harp, 18 audition festivals), Vermont Music Educators Association (scholarship, 6 festivals), et al.
  • Past Music Director: EnerJazz Big Band, Marble City Swing Band, Poultney-Granville Town Band, various regional theatres
  • Past Pianist/Music Director, Gaslight Village (amusement park), 7 seasons, Lake George, NY
  • Accompanist, Liberty Weekend (Statue of Liberty Centennial), Crane Chorus, Governor’s Island & Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

Please click on the curriculum vitae link for more information.

If you’d like to arrange for lessons or coaching, please e-mail me or telephone (802) 287-1066.

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