GRWC Bios : Brenda Baker, Assistant Director
Brenda is in her 9th season with the Grand Rapids Women’s chorus. In addition to doing some directing, she is a soloist with the chorus, leads vocal warm-up exercises on a regular basis, and occasionally accompanies. Brenda studied music at the University of Wisconsin while majoring in Behavioral Disabilities, and completed a degree in Vocal Performance at Aquinas College after moving from Madison, Wisconsin to Grand Rapids. She was accepted into a master’s program in Voice at Western Michigan University where she studied with Marion Pratnicki and received vocal training that she considers invaluable. Under Ms. Pratnicki’s teaching, Brenda won the coveted National Association of Teachers of Singing award for the state of Michigan in 1988. Leaving her dreams of a vocal performance career behind due to family responsibilities, she earned a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching Music and sought a position in music education.
Brenda was a middle school music educator for the past twenty four years, teaching general music classes and directing the 7th and 8th grade choirs in the Forest Hills Northern Public Schools. Prior to teaching in the public schools, Brenda was on the voice faculty at Aquinas College where she directed three vocal ensembles and taught conducting and voice. She also spent 40 years in church music ministry, working with singers of all ages.