Equal parts conductor, performer, and educator, Emma Baker is deeply committed to musical artistry and the spaces that foster it. Ms. Baker is especially interested in the development of young string players, a passion she discovered in string pedagogy classes with Rebecca Henry, and one that she pursues in her work with the beginning strings at Washington Christian Academy as well as within her private studio. In addition to teaching strings, Ms. Baker is an active freelance violist in the DMV who has most recently performed with the New Orchestra of Washington and the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC. She also performs with Albany Pro Musica as well as other chamber orchestras in the Albany area.
Outside her work as a violist, Ms. Baker is a multifaceted conductor who enjoys leading orchestras, choirs, and operettas. She has conducted performances at the NOI(SE) events with the National Orchestral Institute, the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak, and the Master Players Festival. Regardless of ensemble or repertoire, Ms. Baker's purpose as a conductor remains consistent; to create rehearsal environments that allow for the most fulfilling musical processes which in turn, creates performances that compel audiences to listen intently and responsively. She is fortunate to have developed the desire and ability to achieve that goal during her time at the University of Maryland where she studied viola performance with Katherine Murdock and conducting with Edward Maclary.