18 Nov 2013 Couldn’t be happier
Jeff Baker serves as the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at A&M-Commerce. Dr. Baker received music degrees from the University of Oklahoma (B.M.) and the University of North Texas (M.M. and D.M.A.). As a performer, he has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the southwest including the Dallas Opera, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Longview Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Winds, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Dr. Baker has also been a part of over fifteen recording projects on the Klavier, Mark, and Naxos labels.
“What drew me to A&M-Commerce,” he tells The Update, “was the opportunity to create something.” Dr. Baker adds, “After the national search, I was fortunate enough to be hired for the newly created position, and I’m proud to say that I am one of only two people in the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex to have a full-time/tenure-track job teaching tuba and euphonium. There’s only about eight of us in the entire state of Texas. It’s an honor and a privilege to hold such a highly coveted job, but back to your original question…what drew me to Commerce was the opportunity to create my own position where one did not previously exist, and I couldn’t be happier with how things have gone.”