Michelle recently retired as Second Horn at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a role she held from 1990 to 2017. Before joining the Met Orchestra, she was a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. Her recordings include the Hindemith Sonata for Alto Horn with pianist David Korevaar on the Kleos Classics label. A dedicated teacher, she also serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and is an assistant professor at The Juilliard School. She has given master classes at the Texas Music Festival, Boston University, Western Michigan University, and the University of Delaware and the International Horn Society featured her in its “Ask the Pros” series in 2009. She appears each summer at Music on the Hill in Rhode Island and has taught and coached at the Round Top Summer Music Festival in Texas, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Ms. Baker earned her bachelor’s degree from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston—where she studied with Julie Landsman, Nancy Goodearl, and Jay Andrus—and her master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of James Chambers.