D.T. Baker


Photo by: Dale MacMillan

The 2019/20 season marks the 42nd year in the music business for D.T. (Dave) Baker. Musicologist & Interpreter for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and the Winspear Centre, Mr. Baker has worked in many facets of music – proudly spending most of it serving the Edmonton community.

Now in his 18th season with the ESO (his second time around working for the orchestra), Mr. Baker presents concert lectures and events, writes program notes, and helps in the running of many of the educational and outreach programs for the ESO and Winspear Centre. For ten years (1993-2002), he was the classical music writer for The Edmonton Journal and was a part of Edmonton’s recording label Arktos Recordings for a dozen years. Previously, he worked as a radio broadcaster and music director, in marketing and development for Alberta Ballet, and as a freelance writer with The Edmonton Sun.

D.T. Baker has written program notes, or has been a guest lecturer/host for many Edmonton music organizations, including Edmonton Opera, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Edmonton Chamber Music Society, the U of A Department of Music, the Chronos Vocal Ensemble, and the Edmonton Recital Society. He lectures regularly for programs offered through the Jewish Seniors Drop-In Centre and the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association. His program notes have appeared in concerts presented in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been a regular contributor to Hockey Edmonton magazine for many years.

In his spare time, he is a freelance photographer, an adequate defenseman at his weekly hockey games, and an almost adequate member of a rock band or two.