I am a Washington, DC-based pianist/composer. I specialize in creating custom renditions of your favorite tunes. I strive to remain humble in my music career and to make each performance better than the last one. This is not a place for boasting of my accolades. As a customer, you want someone who is honest and someone who will show up on time -- someone who will play skillfully, with a commitment to excellence. As these are core principles of my faith, I strive to uphold these standards in everything I do. After you request a quote from me, I will send you links to some websites which feature samples of my playing, as well as my professional resume.
It is hard to box me into one genre. A writer who once interviewed me said,
"Her music is her own, and it is rhythmic and moving. Influenced by Scott Joplin, Alberto Ginestera, Gershwin, Debussy and Ravel, she fuses many different musical styles to produce her own innovative sounds. Her sense of internal rhythm coupled with her eclectic composition permits Jennifer to create a range of musical expression, all different yet exhibiting her identifiable style." (Blue Ridge Leader, 11/13/98)
My experience is so vast and varied, that I really feel comfortable in all styles, from top-40 ballades to classical -- from freestyle blues improvisation to Broadway. With my additional skills at composing and arranging, I am a self-described "piano stylist." This means that I go far beyond the notes on the page, taking customers' song requests and interpreting them in my own style. I enjoy customizing a unique musical program that will create a memorable musical setting for your event.
I received my classical training from George Mason University, where I earned a BA in Music in 1999. After graduating, my husband and I moved to western Loudoun County, VA, about 50 minutes west of DC. In the next fourteen years, I served hundreds of families as a piano teacher. During those years I also continued to develop my gift of playing the piano by serving at churches, whether accompanying choirs or leading worship. By request, I also began making regular appearances in the musical theatre community, serving in many capacities, including accompanist, music director, arranger, and composer. During those years, and through the birth of my children, I played for over twenty shows -- greatly augmenting my showtune repertoire. These productions brought me to diverse venues, including The Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center (The Hill School, Middleburg, VA), Franklin Park Arts Center (Purcellville, VA), Union Station (DC), Glaize Studio Theatre (Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA), and The Mishler Theatre (Altoona, PA). In 2004 I was commissioned to compose the music for a Very Special Arts production. In 2007, I was commissioned to arrange the music for an original musical by Tom Sweitzer ("Sky"), a production which featured a Helen-Hayes award-winning actress. In 2006, I recorded an album and self-produced a concert of my original work at the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center (The Hill School, Middleburg, VA). In addition to all the musical theatre I have done, I have played many parties in private homes, and have played wedding receptions at Lightfoot Restaurant (Leesburg, VA), The Goodstone Inn (Middleburg, VA), and the Hyatt Fair Lakes (Fairfax, VA). I have played wedding ceremonies at many churches in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, as well as The Goodstone Inn (Middleburg, VA).
In addition to Purcellville, Jennifer Warren-Baker will also travel to Hillsboro, Lincoln, Hamilton, Round Hill, Waterford, Philomont, Paeonian Springs, Bluemont, Leesburg, Lansdowne, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Mount Weather, Millville, Charles Town, Halltown, Rippon, Broadlands, Point of Rocks, Ranson, Brambleton, Brunswick, Upperville, Arcola, Bakerton, Bolivar, Stone Ridge, Aldie, Paris, Tuscarora
and many other locations in and around the Purcellville area.
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