The Canadian Music Centre has hired Robert Baker as the new Regional Director for the British Columbia Region. Robert will replace Colin Miles, who has served as the CMC’s B.C. Regional Director for the past 31 years, at the end of November 2009.
Robert comes to the CMC with over 16 years of experience working with a wide range of artists and arts organizations. Robert Baker recently relocated from Calgary with his wife and two children to join his extended family in Vancouver. His background includes that of an educator, arts administrator and musician. He is the founder of the renowned ClinicLine in Calgary, Alberta which serves some 25,000 students annually.
He was instrumental in the transformation of the Calgary Opera Centre, worked with the Banff Summer Music Program and was the Director of Winds, Brass and Percussion at Mount Royal College, Calgary. He is an ardent supporter of Canadian music and as a Trombonist performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic as well as for stage shows including West Side Story, Annie, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
Many challenges lay ahead with the Canadian Music Centre celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and replacing Colin Miles, a tireless crusader for Canadian music, after 31 years at the helm of the CMC Vancouver office.
Robert Baker states, “I am honoured to take on such a challenging position and look forward to taking the CMC B.C. Regional office into the next 50 years”.
It is with great enthusiasm that the Canadian Music Centre staff, Board of Directors and the CMC-B.C. Regional Council welcome Bob and we look forward to working and participating with him in the vital and active Vancouver music community.