Adrienne Baker: FlutePursuit

Music is life. Live.

Adrienne's background in music started as a toddler crawling around her mother's feet as she practiced Beethoven. Though active in her church as a pianist and singer, where her mother was Ministress of Music, she eventually discovered her love for the flute. Her musical journey on the instrument has taken her across the United States and to Europe. She currently champions music influenced by artists of color and works to expose audiences to these lesser-known composers. A socially conscious artist, Adrienne strives to use her voice to help others find theirs. Through her collaborative duo with saxophonist Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, NorthStar Duo, they work to promote and expose audiences to works for winds. 

Previous commissions include Spirituals for Wind Duo, an arrangement of negro spirituals by composer Anthony Green. Their most recent commission includes a premiere in Boston of Aaron Jay Meyers' You Save One You Save the World Entire. Adrienne looks forward to continuing to explore their unorthodox instrumentation. Their current passions involve commissioning new works and championing pre-existing works by composers of color and women.

A dedicated educator, Adrienne teaches privately - flute and piano - to students of diverse musical backgrounds and ages. There is no greater joy to her than to simultaneously foster a life long love of learning and appreciation for music. She is also a Suzuki Instructor of Flute at the John J. Cali School of Music Extension School where she further serves as Chamber Music Coordinator. She is also a Teaching Artist in the RAMP Program through the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Starting in the Fall of 2019, Adrienne will matriculate at Rutgers University to pursue a Doctorate in Musical Arts as the class of 2022.

"Art is what remains of our dreams, fulfilled or unfulfilled, when we wake. My purpose is to serve as its outlet."

Photographer: Alex Winter