Dr. Barbara Baird has been a member of the UO music faculty since 1989, teaching organ, piano, and harpsichord, including Organ Pedagogy and Harpsichord Pedagogy. She is also Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational Church, Eugene, Oregon, where she has served since 1982.
After earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Texas Christian University, she studied three years at the Cologne Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. Baird received her Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree is in Organ and Harpsichord Performance from the University of Oregon, with additional focus on Piano Pedagogy.
Over the years Baird has participated in master classes and coaching with such artists as Harald Vogel, Jean Langlais, and Guy Bovet. Private instruction was with Michael Schneider, Hugo Ruf, Larry Palmer, Emmet Smith, Kenneth Mansfield, John Hamilton, and Mark Brombaugh.
An active recitalist since 1971, Baird has performed throughout the United States as well as Europe, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia. A frequent adjudicator and clinician, she regularly conducts workshops and master classes for keyboardists, particularly on Baroque and Classic Period Performance Practice. Baird has been a presenter and/or recitalist at both Regional and National American Guild of Organists Conventions, as well as for the Organ Historical Society, and for piano teacher’s guilds in the United States and Australia.
Baird currently has four CDs available:
- Vienna: Two Centuries of Harpsichord Music (1600-1800)
- The Organ Mass: Selections from Bach's Klavierübung and Couperin's Convent Mass
- Pastorale, Partite, and Preludes at the Point, works by Johann Sebastian Bach
- Organ Works for Two, featuring Julia Brown and Barbara Baird, organ duo
She is presenting the Organ Pedagogy workshop