Dr. Spencer Baker is a distinguished Las Vegas pianist, conductor and teacher. Spencer has been a soloist with several regional orchestras. While most of Spencer’s solo appearances have centered in the Southwest, new engagements have taken him to Dallas, Washington DC, Disneyland, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Italy and China. He is in his sixth season with the International Opera Performing Experience in Mercatello sul Matauro, Italy, as faculty collaborative pianist, teacher and vocal coach.
Dr. Baker currently in on the faculty of the UNLV School of Music, pinao and serves as the Director of Music for Saint Timothy’s Episcopal church. In addition, he is one of the principal pianists for Opera Las Vegas, Vegas City Opera and Opera On Tap. Spencer is on the State Board of the Nevada Music Teachers Association and immediate past-president of the Las Vegas Music Teachers Association.
Spencer recently was the invited guest conductor and pianist for Vegas City Opera’s production of Gianni Schicchi at Art Square Theater and pianist for Opera Las Vegas’ West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s opera 27, also at Art Square Theater. He was the pianist for L’elisir d’amore and Hansel and Gretel this 2019 season, and just performied Falstaff in Italy this August for the Musica é Musica festival in Italy with Maestro James Carraher conducting. This Fall, he is guest conductor for Vegas City Opera, in a tour of The Face on the Barroom Floor.
Spencer also served as immediate past Artistic Director for the GVPC:Live! concert series at Green Valley Presbyterian church; performed Schubert’s song cycle, Winterreise, with internationally acclaimed tenor, Mark Thomsen; accompanied a solo recital with Opera star, Denyce Graves; and co-created an interactive children’s educational theater production entitled, “Mini Musical Masters”.
Dr. Baker is in demand as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions. He recently held an artist in residency position at Truman State University (Missouri) and maintains an active teaching studio and solo performing career.