Barbara Wesley Baker, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Music
Dr. Baker retired after 35 years as Director of the Colesville United Methodist Church Gospel Choir in 2016. She conducted the Chamber, Women’s, Men’s, Concert and Gospel Choirs at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland for 30 years before retiring in 2008. Her choirs won numerous first place trophies and superior ratings at state, national and international festivals. Dr. Baker frequently presented sessions at division and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as conducted regional, national and international choirs.
Dr. Baker earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the M.A. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland. While completing her doctorate, she was selected as an American Association of University Women Research Fellow. She has published articles in scholarly journals, including The College Music Society, The Black Perspective in Music, The American Guild of Organist, and contributed material to several textbooks including MENC’s “Teacher to Teacher; A Music Educator’s Survival Guide”(2004); “Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives” (1994, 2000, and 2006). Dr. Baker has a choral music series with Alliance Music Publishers, and has published choral works with Boosey & Hawkes, and Oxford University Press.