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Jenny Oaks Baker: America’s Violinist Meets America’s Choir

Jenny Oaks Baker returned as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s guest artist on Music & the Spoken Word for the August 28, 2016, broadcast. During the show Baker performed "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "Star of Bethlehem" from Ben-Hur. 

Baker is a Grammy-nominated, Billboard no. 1 recording artist and performer. According to her official website

Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Baker has released 15 albums and performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, and the Library of Congress and with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Utah Symphony. She has appeared in soundtracks for television and film and has a YouTube channel with over a million views.

When asked which of her YouTube video collaborations were her favorite Baker smiled, “I loved making ‘Amazing Grace’ with Condoleezza Rice. She was amazing to work with and I love that song and feel like it really reached a lot of people and touched them.”

Baker spoke about her children, who are also musical and joyfully admitted, “I spend a lot more time practicing with them than I do practicing my own violin. And I feel like that’s what I should be doing as a mother so I’m grateful to be able to have children and still be able to perform and perform a lot with them.”

Baker concluded by saying, “I’ve always known that I was given a musical gift by God and that He wanted me to share it. And I’ve seen throughout my life how He’s blessed me with opportunities to do so. And I just feel this drive to perform and share that gift and also help my kids develop their gifts and share them. So I’m grateful for those opportunities I have to do so.”

Learn more about “America’s Violinist” Jenny Oaks Baker in the video below: