Seth Baer, bassoon
"During a residency in Mexico, due to illness, one of the student ensembles was forced to withdraw on the day of the performance. The healthy member of that ensemble asked if he could instead bring his celtic band to come up with a last-minute plan and perform, and I was asked to coach them to be ready for this performance. I didn't expect much, but thought that we should see what was possible. I was amazed—their music was truly inspired and as I shared the concept of Interactive Performances with them, they created an amazing script on the fly and performed it hours later."
Bassoonist Seth Baer is a passionate performer and educator of music. He is a a founding member of Decoda and an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, an exciting fellowship program at Carnegie Hall focused on chamber music, education, and community engagement. Seth is the Festival Director and co-creator of the Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, where he is also on faculty.
Seth is a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and maintains an active freelance career. He performs with many of the finest ensembles in the New York and Philadelphia regions including The Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Mark Morris Dance Group Orchestra. Seth is a member of Amici New York, the resident orchestra at the OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville, OK. He has toured Japan as a member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble and regularly performs with The Firebird Chamber Orchestra in Miami, Florida.
As a chamber musician Seth has performed at Bargemusic, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, The Music Academy of the West, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, Italy, and at the Altenburg Music Festival in Germany.
Seth is a graduate of The Juilliard School and graduated cum laude from Princeton University. Seth is currently on the faculty of Montclair State University and now serves as the Dean of Music of Special Music School High School, a NYC public school that provides talented young musicians the opportunity to pursue serious, pre-professional music studies along with a rigorous academic curriculum.