Brent Baldwin, Artistic Director & Conductor
Brent Baldwin is an award-winning conductor, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, and composer. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied conducting with Craig Hella Johnson and Daniel Johnson. As a director and bandleader, he has participated in numerous tours across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Baldwin has directed and performed over forty world premieres. His past musical collaborations include projects and performances with Big Star Third, Trail of Dead, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), M. Ward, Laurel Aitken, Golden Hornet, Austin Chamber Music Center, Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Jody Stephens (Big Star), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Bach Festival, Tommy Stinson (Replacements, Guns n’ Roses), and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Shulamit Ran and Caroline Shaw.
In 2014, the Austin Critics’ Table Awards selected the Baldwin-led Mozart Requiem Undead as Best Choral Performance. In the same year, he was also featured on the cover of the national publication The Voice, dubbed “Best Choral Wrangler” by the Austin Chronicle in their Best of Austin awards, and performed in front of 50,000 music fans in Taiwan at the Taichung Jazz Festival as guitarist for Noise Revival Orchestra.
Mr. Baldwin has called Austin home for more than 20 years and is deeply invested in its larger arts community. Mr. Baldwin's advocacy of original, present-day artists, coupled with his commitment to the emerging arts scene, has navigated him into direct mentorship roles. His students have gone on to obtain regional and national success — including Austin Critics Table Awards, Grammy Awards and performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Baldwin has produced the Mostly Music Marathon benefiting AIDS Services of Austin and serves on the Advisory Board for the SIMS Foundation, which provides affordable mental health services for Austin musicians.