Music
Garth Baxter is noted as a modern traditionalist composer. This is a style that combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements. He has composed works for various performance mediums, ranging from intimate solo and small group settings to larger ensembles such as orchestra and concert band. His compositions have been performed around the world.

Upcoming Performances

Garth's piece Il y a longtemps for violin and piano will be premiered by violinist Heather Haughn and pianist Jay DeWire. The concert will be presented by the Baltimore Composers Forum. Tickets are $15/10 at the door.
  • Saturday, November 18th at 7:30
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor
  • 701 South Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD 21230

Three Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay will be performed by soprano Annie Gill and pianist Timothy McReynolds as part of the 25th Anniversary concert for the Baltimore Composers Forum.
  • Saturday, November 18th at 7:30
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor
  • 701 South Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD 21230

Recent Performances

Soprano Annie Gill premiered Garth's mini song cycle Two Last Songs on:
  • August 31st, 2017, at 7:30 pm
  • Edenwald Retirement Community
  • 800 Southerly Road
  • Towson, MD 21286
(These songs were written for Annie)

Let's End With a Waltz for Brass Quintet will be played Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 pm on the concert "Brass in Baker" by the McDaniel Faculty Brass Quintet at Baker Chapel on the campus of McDaniel College. This concert is part of the Chamber Music on the Hill series.
  • McDaniel College
  • 2 College Hill
  • Westminster, MD 21157

Garth Baxter's song Travel was performed by Baritone Jason Buckwalter and pianist Andrew Stewart
  • Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM
  • Edenwald Retirement Community
  • 800 Southerly Road
  • Towson, MD 21286

Soprano Annie Gill and pianist Joy Schreier performed Three Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • January 15, 2017, 7 PM
  • An die Musik
  • 409 North Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD

La Nostalgie was performed by Belle Triste (Guitarist Candice Mowbray and clarinetist Anita Thomas)
  • December 4, 2016, 3 PM
  • Washington County Free Library
  • South Potomac Street
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Free

  • February 12, 2017
  • St. Peter and Paul
  • Easton, MD

  • March 19, 2017
  • Calvary United Methodist Church
  • Frederick, MD
  • Free

  • April 22, 2017 7 pm
  • Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan
  • Knoxville, TN

Tenor Joseph Regan and Pianist Tim McReynolds premiered Garth's song Nights Without Sleep and his song cycle Three Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay will be performed by Soprano Annie Gill and pianist Tim McReynolds. This is part of the fall Baltimore Composers Forum concert:
  • Saturday, November 19th at 7:30
  • Christ Lutheran Church Inner Harbor,
  • 701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.

Garth's work La Nostalgie for clarinet and guitar was played by Belle Triste with guitarist Candice Mowbray and clarinetist Anita Thomas
  • November 20, 2016
  • Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Hanover, PA
  • 3pm, Free Admission
  • www.emmanuelucc.org

To Aegir was performed by the Towson University Guitar Ensemble
  • December 1, 2016 8:15
  • Recital Hall
  • Center for the Arts
  • Towson University
  • 7700 Osler Drive,
  • Towson, MD 21252
  • FREE

Garth's piece for choir Songs of Life (A Chart of a Small Sea, The House of Dreams and A Prayer) was performed by the McDaniel College Choir
  • Sunday, December 4 at 7pm.
  • 1 College Hill Dr.
  • Westminster, MD 21157
Garth's work Des Larmes Encadrées was performed as part of the concert

MELLIFLUOUS SINGLE REED SOUNDS FOR CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE.

The performers were Saxophonist Dave Duree and pianist Rachel Andrews.
  • Monday, October 24, 2016, 7 PM
  • McDaniel College
  • McDaniel Lounge
  • 2 College Hill
  • Westminster, MD 21157
  • Free and open to the public

The Arabesque Duo (Troy King and Kathrin Murray) played Edgefield for two Guitars
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 at
  • Carroll Community College
  • 1601 Washington Road
  • Westminster, MD 21157

Soprano Annie Gill and pianist Andrew Stewart gave the premier Garth's song cycle: Three Poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay (1. Afternoon on a Hill, 2. Lament, 3. Travel)
  • Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 7:30 PM
  • Edenwald Retirement Community
  • 800 Southerly Road
  • Towson, MD 21286

MacPherson's Lament was played by the Azimuth String Quartet
  • Thursday, May 19th, at noon
  • Brightview Westminster Ridge
  • 505 High Acre Dr, Westminster, MD 21157

MacPherson's Lament was played by the Azimuth String Quartet
  • Saturday, May 21st at 7:30 pm at
  • Christ Lutheran Church
  • 701 South Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD 21230

Garth Baxter's The Four Songs from Twelfth Night was performed as part of a concert at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. It was part of a concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The main portion of the concert was a presentation of "O, know, sweet love, I only write of you" an opera for soprano, baritone and string quartet based on selected Shakespeare sonnets by Hollis Thoms.

  • Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
  • Joy Reigns Lutheran Church
  • Edgewater, MD

Grandmother, think not I forget, was performed as well as the arias Long Ago and How Strange to Think from the opera Lily by Soprana Shannah Timms Yerofeyeva and Diana Greene in a concert presented by the MacDowell Club of Mountain Lakes

  • December 6th at 3 PM
  • Franciscan Oaks
  • 19 Pocono Road
  • Denville, NJ

Garth Baxter's Let's End With a Waltz (for brass quintet) received its premier at the Baltimore Composers Forum concert Autumn Brass. This work was written for the Lyric Brass Quintet who were the performing artists for this concert. Admission is $15 ($10 students), cash only at the door.

  • Friday, November 13, 2015, 7:30pm
  • An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

La Nostalgie for flute and guitar was performed by Noreen Friedman and Bob Wysong

  • February 21 at 8:30 am
  • Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair
  • Sheraton Reston Hotel
  • 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive
  • Reston, VA 20191

Des Larmes Encadrées was performed by Jeremy Koch, Saxophone and Andrew Stewart, Piano.

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014 7:30 pm
  • An die Musik
  • 409 North Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

Soprano Laura Strickling and Pianist Lisa Stepanova, Winners of the 2013 Liszt-Garrison International Competition, performed Garth's song cycle Three Poems by Linda Pastan at the Chamber Music on the Hill concert held in the Forum in Decker College Center on the campus of McDaniel College

  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, 7 PM
  • Forum in Decker College Center on the campus of McDaniel College
  • 2 College Hill
  • Westminster, MD 21157

And Death Shall Have No Dominion was performed by the Owensboro Community and Technical College Chorus, and the Kentucky Youth Chorale under the direction of Dr. Constance Ford. The Songs of Life were performed by the Kentucky Youth Chorale directed by Julie White.

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:00 pm
  • Third Baptist Church
  • 527 Allen Street
  • Owensboro, Kentucky 42303

Katherine Keem sang Portrait at 44 and Is this the cost? The penalty I pay? as part of the OperaBelle concert at the Arts@midday series at the St. Albans Parish

  • Friday, October 17, 2014 12:15
  • St. Albans Parish
  • 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW
  • Washington, DC 20016

Self Portrait at 44, Marks, The Long Hill, Is this the cost? and Grandmother, think not I forget were performed by Soprano Katherine Keem and pianist Andrew Stewart at the OperaBelle recital at Edenwald.
  • Friday, September 26th, 7:30 PM
  • Edenwald Retirement Community
  • 800 Southerly Road
  • Towson, MD 21286

The Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra played La Sagesse. (This was the winning composition from the Baltimore Composers Forum competition.)
  • May 11, 2014, 3 PM
  • Loch Raven High School
  • 1212 Cowpens Avenue
  • Towson, MD 21286

The Atlantic Guitar Quartet played To Aegir and Shenandoah: A Fantasy.

  • Friday, May 9th, 2014, 7:30
  • The Engineers Club
  • 11 West Mount Vernon Place
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

The Atlantic Guitar Quartet played the following compositions:
To Aegir for 4 guitars
Edgefield for 2 Guitars
Shenandoah: A Fantasy for 4 Guitars

  • Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:30
  • The Baltimore Composers Forum presents
  • Spring Sprigs at
  • An die Musik
  • 409 North Charles St.
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

Katherine Keem and Kathrin Murray played selections from the CD Katherine Keem Sings Songs and Arias by Garth Baxter.
  • Monday, February 24, 2014, 7 PM
  • McDaniel Lounge
  • McDaniel College
  • 2 College Hill
  • Westminster, MD 21157

Soprano Katherine Keem and Pianist Andrew Stewart gave the world premier of: Is this the cost? The penalty I pay? from Act II, Scene II of Lily. This is part of the series "Happenings at the Harman".
  • Wednesday Feb, 19th at noon
  • The Shakespeare Theatre,
  • 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Nicholus Currie and Diana Greene played Could You Dream What I Dream for violin and piano.

  • Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7 PM
  • Carroll Community College
  • Westminster, MD 21157

The Silver Run and Variations on the Willow Tree was performed by flutist Amber Rose Ennis. Ms. Ennis was accompanied by pianist Tobias Napleton who also played solo piano music including Mr. Baxter's Romance without words. In addition vocalist Willow L. J. Moss sang The Four Songs from Twelfth Night by Mr. Baxter accompanied by guitarist Matt Willcocks.

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • The New Inn
  • 16 Northgate Street
  • Gloucester GL1 1SF
  • England

The Silver Run and Variations on the Willow Tree was performed by flutist Amber Rose Ennis. Ms. Ennis was accompanied by pianist Tobias Napleton who also played solo piano music including Mr. Baxter's Romance without words. In addition vocalist Willow L. J. Moss sang The Four Songs from Twelfth Night by Mr. Baxter accompanied by guitarist Matt Willcocks.

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  • Friday, 8 PM, September 27, 2013
  • Weston Art Gallery
  • 3 Locking Road
  • Weston Super Mare,
  • North Somerset BS23 3BY
  • England

Kathrine Keem, accompanied by Andrew Stewart, gave the premier of the aria Is this the cost? The penalty I pay? from the opera Lily As part of the OperaBelle performance on Wed. Feb 19th at noon. At the Happenings at the Harman series at the
  • Shakespeare Theatre
  • Sidney Harman Hall
  • 610 F Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20004

Katherine Keem and Kathrin Murray performed a number of Mr. Baxter's songs for voice and guitar from their upcoming CD, Katherine Keem Sings Songs and Arias by Garth Baxter.

  • McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College
  • February 24, 2014 , 7 PM,
  • 2 College Hill,
  • Westminster, MD 21157

The Friedman-Wysong Duo performed A Touch 'O Carolan for Flute and Guitar at
  • Sandy Spring Museum
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:30 PM
  • 17901 Bentley Road
  • Sandy Spring, MD 20860

The aria, How Strange to Think, from Act II, Scene II of Lily and the song Grandmother, think not I forget was performed by Megan Ihnen, mezzo soprano and Hillary Kruh, pianist at the
  • Baltimore Composers Forum 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert
  • March 8, 2013, 7:30 pm
  • An die Musik
  • 409 North Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD 20201

Grandmother, Think Not I Forget and A Wife in London was performed by Soprano Katherine Keem and pianist Andrew Stewart at the Opera Belle concert.

  • October 10, 2012, 12 Noon
  • Shakespeare Theater, The Harman
  • 610 F Street NW
  • Washington, DC 20004
  • Free

Could You Dream What I Dream (for violin and piano) was performed by Nicholas Currie and Diana Greene:

  • Monday, September 10, 2012, 7 PM
  • McDaniel College
  • McDaniel Lounge
  • 1 College Hill
  • Westminster, MD 21157
  • 410-848-7000 for details.
  • Free and open to the public

Garth was privileged to be asked to work with Amit Kumar on the music for the film Hardwater which was premiered at the Maine International Film Festival on July 21st and 22nd.

  • July 22, 2012, 3:30
  • Waterville Opera House
  • Common Street
  • Waterville, ME 04901

  • July 21, 2012, 6:30 PM
  • Railroad Square Cinema
  • 17 Railroad Square
  • Waterville, Maine 04901

The Battle from The Battle Cry: A tragedy was performed by the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County at the World Choir Games.
  • July 8, 2012, 5:15
  • Holy Trinity Parish Norwood
  • 2420 Drex Avenue
  • Cincinnati, OH 45212

Drummer Hodge from The Battle Cry: A tragedy was performed by the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County at the World Choir Games.
  • July 7, 2012, 1:15 PM
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • 50 East Freedom Way
  • Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Battle from The Battle Cry: A tragedy was performed by the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County as part of the World Choir Games.
  • July 6, 2012, 2:45 PM
  • Corbett Center
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County performed Garth Baxter's cantata The Battle Cry: A Tragedy.

  • Sunday, May 13th, 2012, 7:00 PM
  • McDaniel College
  • 1 College Hill
  • Westminster, MD 21157

Could You Dream What I Dream (for Violin and Piano) received its world premier by Nicholas Currie and Diana Greene; and pianist Ruth Rose played Resistance and Romance Without Words.

  • April 21, 2012, 7:30 PM
  • An die Musik
  • 409 North Charles Street
  • Baltimore, MD 20201

Garth Baxter's song cycle Two Songs of Reflection was performed by Katherine Keem and Andrew Stewart.

  • Sunday, December 18, 2011, 5:30 PM
  • OperaBelle's Magical Holiday Concert at An die Musik
  • 409 North Charles Street,
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

Garth Baxter's piano work Resistance was danced to by Effervescent Collective.

  • Friday Novemember 18, 2011, 7:30 PM
  • The Theatre Project
  • 45 West Preston Street,
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

Baritone Jason Buckwalter and Pianist Andrew Stewart performed Garth Baxter's Romance Without Words for solo piano and selected art songs.

  • Saturday October 22, 2011, at 7:30 PM
  • Autumn Sounds at the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall,
  • 514 North Charles Street,
  • Baltimore, MD 21201

The Ross-Burgess Flute and Piano duo played The Silver Run.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2011 8 PM
  • The Barn at Minchinhampton
  • High Street
  • Stroud
  • Glouchester, GL69BN
  • England

Elitza Harbova gave the world premier performance of A Romance Without Words.

  • Sunday, May 8, 2011 7 PM
  • Casal Palocco
  • Rome, Italy