Dylan Arthur Baker is a graduate student pursuing a DMA degree in music composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, where he studies with Zhou Long. He recently completed an MA degree at the University of Michigan, where has studied with Evan Chambers and Bright Sheng. He graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with a BM in Music Composition. His principle instructors at Cornish were Janice Giteck, Eric Banks, and Emily Doolittle, and at Central Washington University (CWU) he studied with Eric Flesher. His music has been performed and been given readings by many professional, and professional-level, ensembles such as the Eurydice String Quartet, Corigliano String Quartet, Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, Saint Helens String Quartet, and the Seattle Philharmonic. Dylan is also committed to expanding the repertoire for younger musicians, writing for a variety of middle-school and high-school ensembles. During the summer months he has studied at the Brevard Music Center (where he studied with Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay), and has been a featured composer at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in Eugene, and the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy. Prior to attending Cornish, Dylan earned a BA degree at CWU where he majored in philosophy, and completed his thesis in aesthetics. His primary philosophy instructors were Dr. Matthew C. Altman and Dr. Gary Bartlett. Dylan has continued to cultivate his interest in aesthetics, studying with the influential philosopher Kendall Walton at the University of Michigan.

Compositions

Tumultuous Voyage


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Tumultuous Voyage was written as my masters thesis at the University of Michigan. It was premiered at UM by the student symphony orchestra in February 2014.