Dawn E Baker

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Dawn Baker is grateful to have had a career that gave her the opportunity to share the transformational power of music with wonderful and interesting people in an abundance of disciplines. She has played piano for dancers at the Juilliard School, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and numerous New York and Twin Cities dance studios, played keyboards for shows at The Guthrie Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Children’s Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, over 25 local and Broadway tour productions at the Ordway Theatre, State Theatre, and Orpheum Theatre, played graduation ceremonies including the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Adler Institute, and Argosy University, accompanied and been music director for shows at University of Minnesota Theatres, collaborated with other musicians in a variety of ensembles, played many church services, weddings, funerals, and myriad gigs, played clarinet in community orchestras, accompanied and taught as affiliate faculty at the University Minnesota, and taught piano students of all ages for three decades in her music studio.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy: University of Minnesota, 1996.
  • Keyboard Studies: Manhattan School of Music, New York City, 1985.
  • B.F.A. Clarinet Performance: University of Minnesota, 1976.
  • B.S. Music Education: University of Minnesota, 1975.


  • Sight reading
  • Keyboard skills and accompaniment
  • Improvisation
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
Courses Taught
  • TH 3365 Intermediate Musical Theatre
  • TH 3361 Introductory Musical Theatre
  • TH 1362 Dance for Musical Theatre
  • TH 1361 Singing for Musical Theatre
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Pianist/Coach: University of Minnesota School of Music/Twin Cities Opera Guild Summer Music Theatre Workshop , 2006 - 2019
  • Keyboards: National Geographic Symphony for Our World, Orpheum Theatre , March 29, 2019 - March 29, 2019
  • Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM): Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Certification , 2015 - Life Member
  • Member Twin Cities Musicians Union: American Federation of Musicians Local 30-73 , 1975 - Life Member


  • Horseback Riding: Adult Learner, 2000 - Life
  • Bike MS: 30 years of cycling events to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1990 - Ongoing