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. He has frequently performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall including collaborations with Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Manze, and John Adams.
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, Ensemble ACJW, 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 CW Post University and during the summer months, teaches at The Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts.