Music Department

Chris Baker, Instructor of Violin

Chris BakerChristian Baker joined the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Rockefeller String Quartet in September 2004. He is also currently on the faculty at Hendrix College. He began studying piano at age six and violin at age ten. Chris received his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University (1998), and his graduate degrees in violin performance from Florida State University (M.M. 2000, D.M. 2005). He has toured Taiwan as a member of the Hollywood Festival Orchestra, and performances with the BYU Chamber Orchestra have taken him to Great Britain, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. He has also held core positions with the Tallahassee Symphony and the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. His mentors include Nell Gotkovsky, Eliot Chapo, and Igor Gruppman. Chris’ doctoral research resulted in publication of a book: Violin Artists & Pedagogues: Their Schools and Pedagogical Influences in Historical Perspective (VDM Publishing House, 2009). His marriage to Michelle remains his most important success. Chris and Michelle are parents to five much-loved children: Clyn, Russell, Hyrum, Benjamin, and Rosemary.

Mr. Chris Baker
(501) 450-1243