Catherine Baker

flute, instruction, and design

End of USC and Summer

I have no other words to describe the last 5 months as truly fulfilling. At times I felt as though I was going to explode due to the sheer number of performances and projects I had on my plate - but now looking back, I would not have had it any other way.

After the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, my woodwind sextet, the Cardinal Winds, performed at both the Coleman Chamber Music Competition Finals in Pasadena, California and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. We heard so many amazing groups at these competitions, and I know for me personally, I left feeling very inspired. The high point of all of this was performing in the Semi Finals round at Fischoff. It was an honor, and I left feeling very proud of the group and what we achieved.

The Cardinal Winds after receiving the Grand Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

The Cardinal Winds after receiving the Grand Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

The Cardinal Winds after our Semi-finals performance at Fischoff.

The Cardinal Winds after our Semi-finals performance at Fischoff.

At the end of April, I played in my last official concert as Principal Flute of the Debut Orchestra by playing Shostakovich's 10th Symphony. To say that playing in this group was beneficial to me is an understatement. I left feeling incredibly thankful to have played with such accomplished musicians in the area and to have received the experience of playing in an orchestra so frequently. 

Catherine and other "aging out" musicians from the Debut Orchestra. From the left: John Shawger (french horn), Alex Rosales Garcia (bassoon), Catherine Baker (flute), Benjamin Adler (clarinet), Jake Kraft (trombone), and Thomas Lovasz (cello).

Catherine and other "aging out" musicians from the Debut Orchestra. From the left: John Shawger (french horn), Alex Rosales Garcia (bassoon), Catherine Baker (flute), Benjamin Adler (clarinet), Jake Kraft (trombone), and Thomas Lovasz (cello).

My next stop for the summer was teaching at the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Music Camp at Idyllwild's Buckhorn Camp. I cannot tell you how awesome this week was with the students and teachers. All of the kids were developing into young adults and it was really fun to get to know the talented educators and musicians that were working together! I will remember this week my entire life!

Catherine and the YOLA Idyllwild Camp Faculty.

Catherine and the YOLA Idyllwild Camp Faculty.

An incredible view at Inspiration Point at Idyllwild.

An incredible view at Inspiration Point at Idyllwild.

My second sumer in the Berkshires of Massachusetts for Tanglewood was next and I wish I could describe how fulfilling this summer was to me. I went through some pretty challenging things in my time there, musically and mentally, but I left feeling inspired by my colleagues the music we made. 

The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in rehearsal for the first Festival Of Contemporary Music Orchestra concert in Seji Ozawa Hall.

The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in rehearsal for the first Festival Of Contemporary Music Orchestra concert in Seji Ozawa Hall.

It was amazing to hear, learn from, and socialize with the amazing flutes of the Boston Symphony (and friends!).

The Tanglewood Flute Party. From the left: Elizabeth Ostling (Associate Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony), Cynthia Meyers (Piccolo of the Boston Symphony), Matthew Roitstein (Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony), Blair Francis (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), Catherine Baker (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), Kelly Zimba (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), Clint Foreman (Second Flute of the Boston Symphony), Elizabeth Rowe (Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony), Johanna Gruskin (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), John Thorne (Former Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony and current Professor of Flute at Northwestern University).

The Tanglewood Flute Party. From the left: Elizabeth Ostling (Associate Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony), Cynthia Meyers (Piccolo of the Boston Symphony), Matthew Roitstein (Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony), Blair Francis (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), Catherine Baker (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), Kelly Zimba (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), Clint Foreman (Second Flute of the Boston Symphony), Elizabeth Rowe (Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony), Johanna Gruskin (2015 TMC Flute Fellow), John Thorne (Former Associate Principal Flute of the Houston Symphony and current Professor of Flute at Northwestern University).

The level of support and friendship that I received from the other musicians at TMC was like no other. I know I will continue to watch my colleagues grow into amazing careers and that we will continue to be friends for a VERY long time. An amazing group of people.

The full woodwind section of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

The full woodwind section of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

The 2015 TMCO Flutes and our crafty tshirts with flute skulls and "We Rule The High C's" Fun group of incredibly talented and caring musicians. From the left: Johanna Gruskin, Blair Francis, Catherine Baker, Kelly Zimba

The 2015 TMCO Flutes and our crafty tshirts with flute skulls and "We Rule The High C's" Fun group of incredibly talented and caring musicians. From the left: Johanna Gruskin, Blair Francis, Catherine Baker, Kelly Zimba

I am finally back in Los Angeles and eagerly looking for work now that I am out of school. I am so looking forward to see how this year turns out!

Plowman Chamber Music Competition

Wowee!!! What a semester it has been. My main activity has been with my quintet and sextet as we perform around the country for outreach and national competitions. Most recently, we were named the Grand Prize Winners of the Plowman Chamber Music Competition! We are so thankful and are looking forward to competing at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. 

Below is a picture of our group performing for the Shumei Arts Council concert at the end of March. It was really fun to bring our music to a really appreciative audience :)

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YMF Debut Concerto Competition Special Recognition

After receiving a "Special Recognition Award" for the YMF Debut Orchestra Concerto Competition, I will be a featured soloist on the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra 60th Year Season Opener! I am very excited to play Frank Martin's Ballade for Flute and Orchestra.

The concert will be on Sunday, October 5th at 7:30 pm in the Aratani/Japan America Theatre.

More information can be found on the Calendar section of my website.

 

 

YMF Debut Orchestra

I have been named the Principal Flute of the YMF Debut Orchestra for the 2013-2014 season! More details about upcoming concerts coming soon. FIrst concert: Friday, September 27th at 8:30 PM. More information can be found here.

Now celebrating its 58th Season, the Debut Orchestra is one of the oldest pre-professional training orchestras in the country. It is comprised of 70 talented musicians from around the Los Angeles area, ages 15-25. With notable alumni including Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Chen, Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, and dozens of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, virtually every major symphony orchestra and film score feature performers who began their careers in this orchestra.

Musicians are selected each year through blind auditions adjudicated by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other eminent Los Angeles–based musicians. Orchestra members receive a scholarship to support their studies. Over the years, approximately 3,000 young musicians have played with the Debut Orchestra. The Debut alumni in orchestras around the world illustrate the importance and success of the training they receive.