Title: Pianist, Church Musician, Composer
Location: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Kristi A. Baker, Freelance Recitalist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical education.
At a young age, Ms. Baker began playing the piano and singing with her childhood friends. Upon graduating high school, she received numerous scholarships, eventually deciding to attend Kansas State University. After earning a Bachelor of Science in 1979, she received a Master of Music from the aforementioned institution in 1984. Ms. Barker later concluded her academic efforts with a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas in 2012.
A certified music teacher in the state of Kansas, Ms. Barker began her career as a private piano instructor in Topeka, Kansas from 1972 to 1975, before assuming employment with the Department of Music at Kansas State University between 1979 and 1981. Furthermore, she held teaching positions with Ware Elementary School, Wakefield Public Schools, Junction City Middle School, Abilene High School, and Osawatomie Middle and High School in Kansas. Currently, she excels as a recitalist and the owner of KB Piano in Topeka. Additionally, Ms. Baker has contributed as an adjunct instructor of applied piano with Ottawa University since 2006. In a career filled with several highlights, she was most proud of being accepted to the doctoral program and witnessing one of her choirs at Junction City Middle School perform at the state capital. For her many achievements, Ms. Baker received superior plus ratings from the National Piano Teachers Guild for seven years and was instrumental in helping the Topeka Symphony Orchestra win the Youth Talent Auditions in 1974. Likewise, she is featured in numerous editions from Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in American Education.
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