Kristi will be performing pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn, Claude Debussy, Padre Antonio Soler, and Sergio René Martinez.
Kristi A. Baker holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance/Pedagogy from Kansas State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas. Since taking on her first piano student in 1971, at the age of thirteen, she has produced many award winning pianists, and has had several students go on to successful music careers of their own. In addition to her private teaching, Dr. Baker served for five years as Adjunct Professor of Applied Piano at Ottawa (Kansas) University, and in 2011 she completed a successful thirty-two year career as a public school music educator.
Dr. Baker has been an active member of the Music Teachers’ National Association and its state and local affiliates for most of her career. She has served in various capacities, including President of the Northeast Kansas Music Teachers’ Association, based in Topeka, Kansas, and Kansas Chair for the MTNA Foundation Fund. She is currently serving as President-elect of the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association. In 2009, MTNA recognized Dr. Baker as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, a distinction she still holds.
Throughout her career, she has been in demand as a solo and collaborative artist, clinician and adjudicator. She continues to give workshops and master classes to teachers and students throughout Kansas, including presentations on memorization techniques and performance practice at Washburn University in Topeka, and lecture performances at Emporia State and Kansas State Universities. Dr. Baker has appeared throughout the United States and Europe as a singer, conductor, collaborative and solo pianist. Her most recent credits include appearances as a performing artist in the teachers’ academy of the Piano Texas International Festival in Fort Worth, Texas and presenting artist at the Seventh World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.