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copyright@2007 Julianne Baird
Dr. Julianne Baird is much sought after as a teacher on the Rutgers-Camden faculty, embracing every possible teaching responsibility, from freshman with no formal music education to graduates with respected professional careers. Within the past two years, her courses have included Introduction to Music, Music Theory, Basic Musicianship, History of Medieval and Renaissance Music, individual vocal instruction, a graduate course "Opera, in its Time," a Madrigal ensemble and an honors course The Search for Genius in Music" The last three courses were created by Dr. Baird to meet the different needs of a diverse student body.

Her teaching responsibilities extend well beyond Rutgers, since Dr. Baird conducts a select number of master classes and workshops at institutions around North America. These classes attract not only the most accomplished and demanding students at other distinguished academies, they often draw other music faculty and professional musicians.

The New York Times highlighted her teaching in a May 2000 article: "Between Acts, the Diva Conducts Classes at Rutgers in Camden," quoting extensively from a student who was amazed at Dr. Baird's accessibility: "She puts her experience and her vocal education into teaching . . . She makes you feel like teaching students is her life, and that other stuff she does is just on the side." Ms Baird says she likes her day job, just as much as the 'other stuff' I feel just as excited coming out of class as out of a recital," Ms. Baird said. "Teaching a lecture class is every bit like doing a concert if the presentation goes as you planned."

Highlights of Julianne Baird's Artistic Accomplishments

Julianne Baird's artistic accomplishments are too numerous to summarize adequately, however, here are a few highlights:

The New York Philharmonic celebrated the entrance to the new millenium with a 10 CD set highlighting its best performances of 20th century composers. Dr. Baird is featured in the World Premiere orchestral recording of Steve Reich's Tehillim with Zubin Mehta conducting. In the recently released Jane's Hand, Dr. Baird sings English arias culled from the personal hand- copied musical notebooks of the authoress. The CD, Jane's Hand as well as a CD featuring Fanny Mendelssohn Lieder was recorded in the Gordon Theater on the Camden Campus.

Winterreise is the first and only recording of Schubert's original 1827 version of his monumental song cycle--a project made possible by a Rutgers Research Council Grant. English Lute Song was given an Ovation Nomination for best Solo Vocal Album. Lullabies: . . . from The Metropolitan Museum of Art was commissioned by the Museum.

Dance on a Moonbean (issued in July 2000) features Dr. Baird, Meryl Streep, Dawn Upshaw and Frederica von Stade in a project to benefit children. Among the recordings of Dr. Baird's to be released in Fall 2000 are Passionate Pavans and Galliards: The Music of John Dowland, recorded in New York's Town Hall, and the premiere recording of the modern composer John Freeman: settings of poetry by John Donne.

Julianne Baird was one of the original five singers who performed and recorded Bach's B-minor Mass with one singer to a part-- realizing musicologist Joshua Rifkin's controversial theory of Bach's performing forces and launching a debate still current in musicological circles today. In fact Dr. Baird participated with Joshua Rifkin at the International Celebration of Bach in the year 2000 by performing the Magnificat in Bach's own Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. Although the debate persists, the critics gave their "highest scores" to Julianne Baird, who "convinced with clear and firm arias."

Dr. Baird's soprano solos in Handel's Messiah have garnered the highest praise from reviewers of both her recording and performances. Most recently, James R. Oestreich, in his comprehensive survey of recent recordings and performances of Handel's Messiah for the N.Y. Times, concluded with special praise for Julianne Baird's interpretative skills: "in that respect, Ms. Baird remains the model".

Julianne Baird is Distinguished Professor of Music
at Rutgers University in Camden,
New Jersey. 

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