The Harrisburg Choral Society is under the direction of Dr. Robert Hart Baker, who enters his 10th season as music director.
At the age of 16, Dr. Baker received a performance diploma in oboe from the Academie Internationale in Nice, France, and a year later he debuted professionally at the Salzburg, Austria, Mozarteum Conservatory. At 20, Baker graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where he studied under Leonard Bernstein. Baker founded the Connecticut Philharmonic Orchestra in the same year and received graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music in 1976 and 1978.
For many summers, Dr. Baker assisted Gian Carlo Menotti and Christian Badea, guest conducting Spoleto Festival Orchestras both here and in Italy.
Dr. Baker's orchestras have appeared in Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center . He has also been choral director for the Macy's New York Holiday Concerts broadcast by NBC-TV.
In addition to serving as Music Director of the Harrisburg Choral Society, Dr. Baker conducts the St. Louis (MO) Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Asheville (NC) Lyric Opera.
An accomplished oboeist, Dr. Baker resides on a small farm near York, Pennsylvania with his wife, flutist Barbra Baker. They raise Andalusian horses.