What Rick is up to…


Song by Rick Baitz and Ian James featured on Michelle Obama-sponsored CD!

“Get Up Sit Up”, composed by Baitz & James for their animated video “Fitness Fighters” in 2003, has been selected for inclusion on “Songs For A Healthier America”, available for free download on iTunes beginning September 30, 2013.  Released by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, the album includes tracks by Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Oz, Matisyahu, Ashanti, Run DMC and others.  Here’s more info:


“Who Cares About Kelsey” to be broadcast nationally on PBS:

“Who Cares About Kelsey”, scored by Rick Baitz, will be aired nationally throughout the Fall of 2013 on PBS stations.  In New York, it will air on WLIW, October 3, 2PM.  Please check the c0mplete listing for broadcast dates and times:


Rick’s soundtrack album for “Who Cares About Kelsey” was released earlier this year.  The rock’n’roll score was performed by Rick, NY session guitarist Kevin Kuhn, South African bass player Keith Lentin, and former Paul McCartney drummer Steve Holley.  Here’s a link to buy the CD:


BMI’s “Composing For The Screen” 2013:

BMI’s “Composing For The Screen: A Film Scoring Mentorship Program” began its 6th season in September, 2013.  Directed by Rick Baitz, this is a free workshop for emerging film composers.  Recording sessions will include a string quartet featuring violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Jennifer Choi, violist Lev Zhurbin, and cellis Yves Dharamraj.  For more information, check this out:


Vermont College of Fine Arts completes August music residency:

The week-long immersive event included concerts of contemporary compositions by MFA candidates, performed by a world-class sextet featuring violinist Cornelius Dufallo; cellist Yves Dharamraj; wind player Ken Thomson; guitarist and oud player John Benthal; percussionist David Cossin and pianist Stephen Gosling; dirercted by Faculty Chair Rick Baitz and conducted by Paul Gambill.  Jazz pieces were premiered by an outstanding ten-tet, featuring guitarist Freddie Bryant; trumpeter Rob Henke; trombonist Ben Williams; horn player John  Clark; wind players Anton Denner, Bruce Williamson and Ed Xiques; drummer Scott Neumann; bassist Andy Eulau and pianist Nikki Denner.  The week also included a Songwriters Showcase, Electronic Music Showcase, and Film Music Festival. 

This rapidly growing low-residency Masters Program offers five areas of focus: Music for Media; Contemporary Composition; Electronic Music; Songwriting; and Jazz. Comprised of a diverse and successful faculty, the Program takes an integrated approach to creativity, and students can study with a variety of teachers. Students’ programs are self-designed (with the help of their advisors); you have to be self-motivated to fully benefit from a low-residency program such as this. Check it out:


“Hall of Mirrors” for Percussion Quartet with live electronic processing, to be premiered at Juilliard:

Rick is composing a large piece for percussion quartet with live electronic processing, to be performed by the Juilliard Electric Ensemble in Juilliard’s acclaimed Beyond the Machine series, presented by Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts, in 2014.  Here’s a link:


“Two Poems” performed by flutist Andrew Sterman

Rick’s “Two Poems for Flute and Alto Flute Solo”, composed under a tree at Tanglewood in 1983, was given a rare performance by the virtuosic flutist Andrew Sterman at New York’s National Opera Center on June 13, 2013.