Various & sundry musical activities, awards, etc…

Rick works as a producer, arranger, studio owner, engineer, pianist, and consultant. Here are some of those activities:

Other Credits & Honors

Winner of 2009 Composers Assistant Grant from the American Music Center for Chthonic Dances, Part 1, for String Quartet.

2009 Fellowship to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Other VCCA Fellowships:  1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991.

Grammy Nomination, Best Classical Crossover Album 2000,  for CD recording: “The Centurymen: Beautiful Star”.   Released by Resmiranda Records (Rick Baitz, co-arranger).

Making Music – Arranger and producer of ethnic folk songs for educational music curriculum produced by Silver Burdette Ginn/Scott Foresman (Pearson Entertainment).  Music includes African, South Asian, East Asian, Native American, Inuit, Polynesian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and other cultures. 1992-present.

Meditations For Sound Healing –  Composer and producer of healing meditation CD, featuring renowned physician and author Mitch Gaynor.  Released July 2006 by The Relaxation Company.

The Better and Better Series (2006) – Composer and audio producer for set of three DVD’s/CD’s of healing meditations, featuring Elizabeth Hepburn.

Avirex Apparel — Composer, theme music, 2005 advertising campaign.

Moderator, “The Art & Craft of Scoring Indie Films”, Composer Expo, 2008, NYC.

Panelist, “ScoreFest”, 2008, New York City

Panelist, Audio Engineering Society Convention, 2005, NYC: “Music Production for Film/TV: New Technology, New Budgets, New Solutions”.

Panelist, Film Music Network, NYC, 2003: “Scoring for Television: What to Do When They Need It Yesterday”.

Pianist for recordings: The Better And Better Series of healing meditations on CD and DVD, released July, 2006 (see p.1).

Winner of Grand Prize and Chamber Music Award, 1993  Delius Composition Contest (for RIVER OF JANUARY).

RIVER OF JANUARY selected by International Society of Contemporary Music to represent the US in the 1993 World Music Days.

Fellowship to BMI/Earle Hagan Film Scoring Workshop, 1991.

Fellowship to Columbia University School of the Arts Doctoral program in Composition,

Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Pianist, PURE PLAY CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SERIES, NYC, 1987-1988.

Nominations for American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Music Award: 1985, 1987.

MacDowell Fellow: 1982, 1986, 1988.

Fellowships to Yaddo: 1981, 1984, 1984, 1987, 1992.

Fellowship to Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, 1984.

Fellowship to Edward Albee Foundation, 1983.

Featured Alumni Composer, Contemporary Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music, 1991.

Meet The Composer Awards: 1985, 1986, 1986, 1991.

Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Grant (American Music Center), 1991.

Winner of ASCAP-Rudolf Nissim Fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, 1980.

First Prize, Manhattan School of Music Orchestral Composition Contest, 1980 (for MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA).

Award of Merit, National Federation of Music Clubs Orchestral Composition Contest, 1980.