Mr. David Baker, Director, Grand Symphony Chorus, moved to Kerrville from Chicago in September 2015 to take the position of Director of Music and Worship at Kerrville First United Methodist Church. Previously he was an Instructor of Voice and Conducting at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL and Director of Music Ministries at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Barrington, IL. He is now finishing his dissertation on the songs of composer Richard Faith for his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. In 2010 he presented a doctoral recital featuring The Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams, Lierkreis Op.24 by Robert Schumann, and a set of Scandinavian songs by Edvard Grieg. In 2009, while at UK, he performed the role of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in 2008 reprised the role of Schaunard in La Bohème.
In 2007 David performed the role of Tom Carter in UKOT’s production of Hotel Casablanca. He reprised this role in the world premiere recording of Hotel Casablanca which was released by Albany Records in 2008. His other stage credits with UKOT in 2007 were Escamillo in Carmen and Schaunard in La Bohème.
In 2006, after winning a full graduate assistantship in the Alltech competition, David debuted with UKOT as Germont in La Traviata. He completed his M.M. degree from The University of Tennessee School of Music, where he was also a Young Artist with Knoxville Opera. In 2004 David appeared as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Knoxville Opera. He also spent the summer of 2004 as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. In 2003 he played the role of Enrico in Knoxville Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and portrayed Elder McLean in UT Opera Theater’s Susannah. Mr. Baker’s other notable roles include Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ben in The Telephone, The Judge in Trial by Jury, and Cascada in The Merry Widow.