Dr. Baker joined the faculty at Southern Utah University as Director of Choral Activities in the fall of 2011. He directs the Concert Choir and Opus as well as teaches choral conducting, choral techniques and studio voice. He was previously Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri. His responsibilities there included directing the choral program consisting of the Concert, Chamber, and Collegiate Choir, teaching studio voice, conducting, choral techniques, choral repertoire, and choral arranging. Prior to his appointment at Culver-Stockton College, he was a tenured member of the music department at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, a position he assumed in the fall of 2001. There he served as the choral director and as Director of the Music Department from 2005 - 2007. A native of Missouri, he received his Bachelor's degree from Southwest Baptist University and earned a Master's degree in Choral Conducting and the Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has studied conducting with Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Duncan Couch, and Mr. Edward Dolbashian; voice with Dr. Lee Snook; and has performed masterclasses with or sung under Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Dr. Douglas McEwen, Mr. Rodney Eichenberger and Dr. Charlene Archebeque.
His teaching career has encompassed nearly every educational level from elementary through junior high and high school and to two-year colleges and universities. He has served as Minister of Music for churches in Missouri and conducted community choirs as well. As Director of the Choral Arts Singers, a St. Louis, Missouri community-based adult group, he performed major choral/orchestral works on a recurring basis, which often included members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He was also the conductor and artistic director for the Green Bay Chamber Choir, a position he assumed in the fall of 2004.
He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, and has lectured at the Missouri Choral Directors Association state convention presenting a workshop on "The Care and Feeding of the Adult Amateur Voice". He has adjudicated for the Six Flags over America corporation, judged contests across the state of Missouri at both the district and state level, and worked with numerous all-conference, district, and local choral groups in festivals and clinics in Wisconsin and Missouri.
He and his wife, Dana, have three boys Scott, Logan, and Alek who are 19, 14, and 10.