Robert Hart Baker has been the conductor of the St. Louis Philharmonic since 1982. He is also the Music Director & Conductor of the Harrisburg Choral Society and York Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in Pennsylvania, serves as principal guest conductor with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company, and is conductor laureate of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina.

As a guest conductor he has appeared with many American orchestras, including Billings, Chattanooga, Flagstaff, Harrisburg, Muskegon, Providence, Quincy and Radio City Music Hall to name but a few. His recent international guest conducting engagements have been with the Regina Symphony in Canada, Orquestra do Norte in Porto, Portugal, the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Vratza, Bulgaria, the Tito Schipa Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Italy, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. He has appeared as an opera conductor with the Spoleto Festival, Brevard Music Center, Connecticut, and Cullowhee Festival opera companies. He served as an assistant conductor to Christian Badea and Gian Carlo Menotti for six summers in Italy. He has conducted the North Carolina Dance Theatre ballet company on three occasions.

Maestro Baker is committed to the training and education of young musicians. He has been a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, Mars Hill College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and the State University of New York at Purchase. He is the former Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and conductor laureate of the York (PA) Youth Symphony. He has also been a guest faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem.

Robert is a cum laude graduate of Harvard, where he conducted the Bach Society Orchestra for two seasons, while studying conducting with Leonard Bernstein and James Yannatos. He holds two masterís degrees and a doctorate in conducting from the Yale School of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and Arthur Weisberg. Robert was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from York College of Pennsylvania, and has received two awards from the American Society of Composers, Publishers & Authors for contemporary music programming. He has compact disc and DVD releases on several record labels, including Aurefon, Ernest Bloch Society, and Sonari.

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