Guitarist/Composer Matthew Baier received his Bachelor Degree in music from Nyack College, in Nyack, N.Y., where he studied composition with Paul Lilijestrand and classical guitar with Stanley Solow of Nassau Community College on Long Island. He received his MFA degree in Studio Composition from the S.U.N.Y. at Purchase where he studied composition with Dary John Mizelle.
From 1999 to 2006 Mr. Baier has presided annually over his original chamber music recitals at The Festival of The Arts in Nyack, featuring musicians from the local and tri state area. This program has been noted by the Rockland County Office of Tourism website as “…one of the don’t miss events of the year” Since 2007 the program has been held at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack.
This years concert on 11/13/10 at 8pm at Grace Church includes the premiers of Trio For Violin, Guitar & Bassoon, Music For Electronically Manipulated Sound & A Film by Tony Grocki, Songs On Poems By Jocelyn DeCresenzo and Music For Marimba, Glockenspeil and Drums. Admission is $15.00
Directions To Grace Church:
From the south and east: Take the N.Y. State Thruway (I 87) north to exit 11 in Nyack. After the stop sign on the ramp go to the 1st light (This is Route 9w and High Avenue). Proceed straight on High Avenue and (minding the speed bumps) make a left at the bottom of the hill on to Franklin Street. Grace Church is one block up on the right at the corner of Franklin Street and First Avenue. (130 1st Ave.)
Directions from the north and west: Take the N.Y. State Thruway (I 87) south to exit 11 in Nyack. At the light make a left on to Route 59. Go to the light at the intersection of route 59 and route 9 w (Route 59 becomes Main St.). Proceed straight down Main Street to the second light Franklin Street and make a left. Go two blocks to First Avenue. Grace Church is on the right hand side. (130 1stAve.)
A recording of Baier’s String Quartet No. 1, “il quartetto di cielo blu”, is available on a compilation CD of his works produced by Athanata Atrs Ltd., which also includes highlights from previous performances. Other New CD offerings include his three sets of Songs on Sonnets by Shakespeare and Songs On Lenten Themes.
In addition to composing Mr. Baier has had solo classical guitar recitals and musical guest appearences at the Queens Public Library, Suffern Free Library, The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, Nyack Library, Nyack’s First Night Celebration and The N.Y.U. School of Continuing Education.
As a member of The Long Island Composer’s Alliance he has on occasion been the recipient of a grant from the Meet The Composer’s Fund for presenting his music on a L.I.C.A. program. For info please write to Mr. Baier at (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also visit his website www.matthewbaier.com which is up in a preliminary format. Other affiliations AMC.