Meet Dr. William O. Baker

William O. Baker has earned a reputation as an entrepreneurial conductor and creator of choral organizations.  He founded the DeKalb Choral Guild in 1978 at the age of 19.  By the age of 21 he had conducted Brahms’ German Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Handel’s Messiah with professional orchestras, launching a career … Continue reading Meet Dr. William O. Baker

Meet Niccole Winney Williams

Niccole Winney was appointed Music Educator at Ray Marsh Elementary in 2018 and teaches general music and choir. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University in Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Music and a Minor in Linguistic Studies. Since 2014, she has been a member of over seven ensembles; including the New South Festival … Continue reading Meet Niccole Winney Williams

Meet Niccole Winney

Author, DevelopingVoices.blog Niccole Winney is General Music Teacher at Ray Marsh Elementary in Shawnee, Kansas. In 2018, she was appointed Student Intern for the William Baker Choral Foundation and served through the 2019-2020 concert season.   She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University in Georgia, earning the Bachelor of Music Education.  Her Minor is in Linguistic … Continue reading Meet Niccole Winney

BUILDING ENSEMBLE SOUND WITH CHANT

BUILDING ENSEMBLE THROUGH CHANT & CHORALE In the over forty years I have been leading choral ensembles in community, professional and church realms, I have seen many trends and fashions come and go, and I have seen more than a few come back and then go away again.  It is not an exaggeration to say … Continue reading BUILDING ENSEMBLE SOUND WITH CHANT

The Difference Between Timely and Timeless Music

THE TIMELY AND THE TIMELESS The voice of the high school junior was a bit hesitant as he offered his question during a Q&A that followed a talk I had given to a his choir at the end of a workshop: “Why is it that you [choral leaders] call some music “worthwhile” and other music … Continue reading The Difference Between Timely and Timeless Music