Robert A. Baker
composer | theorist | conductor
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WINGS AND ENGINES
for solo violin & orchestra


(excerpt from 2nd mvt.)
[] Selected for the 2007 CMC Ontario
Region Professional Readings Series
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28-30 May, 2014
Canadian University Music Society Annual Meeting Paper and Performance
Honoured to be presenting my Rihm string quartet analysis at this year’s annual National CUMS Meeting at Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, as well as having a performance of Valence III on the Composers Concert. A wonderful way to end the season!
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April, 2014
Honorable Mention for String Quartet #1 My thanks to the Third Millennium Ensemble for the Honorable Mention given to my String Quartet #1 in this year's Composers Competition. It's an honour to be on this list, among seven other career and upcoming composers from around the country.
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April, 2014
Nor Gates of Steel ... for solo piano Released on
Navona Records' New Recording
Very excited to have my piano piece Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? released by Navona on the Parma Festival Live2013 album, a compilation of selected works from last summer's SCI/Parma Fesival in New Hampshire.
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April, 2014
Individual Artist Award in Composition from the

I am honoured to be among a select list of brilliant composers who received an Individual Artist Award for Classical Composition from the MSAC. I am thrilled to begin planning the project that is made possible by this grant. Stay tuned for details on the event this Fall.
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28-30 March, 2014
West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis Paper Presentation
Heading to University of Utah, Salt Lake City, to present my paper on Rihm’s ninth string quartet at this year’s WCCMTA annual conference. Very much looking forward to Christoph Neidhöfer’s keynote address on post-war Italian Serialism.
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21-22 March, 2014
Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic Paper Presentation
Looking forward to presenting my newest paper on Rihm’s ninth string quartet at this year’s MTSMA conference at Shenandoah University, VA.
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14 February, 2014
Valence IV performed at U Tennessee, Knoxville
Many thanks to Dr. Andy Bliss and the UTK Contemporary Music Ensemble for their wonderful performance of Valence IV at this year’s Joint Mid-Atlantic/Southern College Music Society Conference. Great young players!
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13-15 February, 2014
2014 Mid-Atlantic/Southern CMS Conference
Very pleased to have presented my latest paper on Rihm’s Ninth String Quartet at this year’s joint Mid-Atlantic/Southern College Music Society annual conference in Knoxville, TN. Always great to see everyone again, and meet new friends. Many thanks to all those in the music school at U Tennessee at Knoxville; wonderful people, hospitality, facility and organization!
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31 January and 2 February, 2014
Guest Conductor with SONAR Ensemble

It was a great pleasure to be a part of SONAR New Music Ensemble’s Dark Visions concert at the Baltimore Theatre Project, guest conducting for the premiere of Lonnie Hevia’s By the Light of the Stars, and Salvatore Sciarrino’s ecstasy in one act, Infinito Nero. Looking forward to more collaboration next season with these fabulous and visionary musicians. ___________________________________________________

25 January, 2014
New Voices @ CUA Performance

Served as conductor for the final chamber music concert on the Catholic University of America 2014 New Voices Festival, conducting the CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble in an evening of new works by festival guest composers Ryan Olivier, Laurence Sherr, Eric Pazdziora, Greg Hutter and Patricia Julien.
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June, 2013
SCI Journal of music Scores
My trio, Valence III for oboe, cello and percussion, was published in the latest SCI Journal of Music Scores along with four other
great new works by American composers.

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STRING QUARTET #1:
Releasing Anamnesis


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[] ISCM Canadian Section for World Music
Days 2010, Sydney, Australia
[] Finalist in the 6th International Composition Competition, “Città di Udine” 2006, Italy
[] Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop,
2004 , Toronto, Canada
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SHARP EDGES
for chamber ensemble


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[] Selected for inclusion in
New Music Miami 2011 ISCM Festival
[] Written for the
St. Magnus Composers' Course 2009,
Kirkwall, Scotland
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CHAMBER CONCERTO #3: Time Fields
for 15 instrumentss


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[] Honourable Mention in Free Style
Competition 2010, London, England

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Watch the premiere of Valence IV from NEWPRISM ENSEMBLE's
debut concert, November 17, 2012, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Watch an excerpt from a recent lecture-recital given on
February 25, 2012, at the 42nd MA-CMS conference,
George Mason U, VA, USA.


Watch an excerpt of the premiere of Angle - Horizon - Resonance
for solo piano and live electronics on the New Music Salisbury series
at Salisbury U, MD, USA, performed by the composer, May 9, 2011


Watch the second performance by Chiasmus Ensemble of Valence II
at the Didsbury Arts Festival 2010, Manchester, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALENCE I
for solo piano


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[] Selected for inclusion in the 2010 Society of
Composers, Inc. National Conference
[] Selected for inclusion in the College Music Society 2009 Mid-Atlantic Composer’s Concert

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VALENCE II
for clarinet, violin, cello & piano


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[] York Spring New Music Festival, England,
[] Didsbury Arts Festival, Manchester, England
[] Selected for inclusion in FSU 15th Biennial
F estival of New Music, Tallahasee, Florida

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You can access more of my music
on the COMPOSITIONS page