Ms. Baxter received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of voice. When working with voice students, her aim is to bring about the most freedom and consistency possible in each singer using a science-based approach that is applicable to all styles of singing. Her students have experienced many successes including acceptance to All-State and Nationals with MMEA, being cast in lead roles in musical theater productions, winning vocal competitions, and receiving scholarships, awards, and getting into college music programs of their choice. Ms. Baxter is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). She served on the board of the Boston Chapter of NATS for seven years in several different roles including President, Vice President, and Festival Chair.
Before relocating to Modesto, CA with her family in 2020, Ms. Baxter lived in the North Shore area of Massachusetts for 14 years where she was on the Voice Faculty of the Music Department at Salem State University and taught privately at home and through a music studio. In addition, she taught voice at The Waring School in Beverly, MA for four years where she also served as the Performing Arts Chair and directed choruses for grades 6-12. In Modesto, she has served on the voice faculty of Opera Modesto’s Summer Opera Institute (SOI) and coached the singers who sang the role of the Spirits in their production of The Magic Flute.
Also known as a Music Director, Ms. Baxter has served a number of private schools and community theater organizations for their productions. Her musical direction credits include Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, Little Women, Annie, Seussical, The Little Mermaid, Willy Wonka, Hairspray, and more.
As a soprano, Ms. Baxter has been praised for her “angelic, lilting, and beautiful” voice. She is a versatile performer of opera, oratorio, theater, and musical theater and has been especially noted for her operatic portrayals of Pamina and The Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Mercedes in Carmen, and Phyllis in Iolanthe. Equally at home on the oratorio stage, she has received acclaim for her performances in the Vivaldi Gloria, Faure Requiem, and the Schnittke Requiem. She was a member of Oregon’s Portland Opera Chorus, a Young Artist with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, and a winner of the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. Ms. Baxter has been seen in musical theater and plays with the Lakewood Theatre Company (Oregon), Marblehead Little Theatre, Stage 284, and Imago Stage Company. Her roles include Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Laurie in Oklahoma!, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre. A lover of art song, Ms. Baxter has performed in numerous recitals and concerts. Most recently, she performed the vocal music of Leonard Bernstein in a series of recitals on the North Shore of Boston and at Salem State University in collaboration with her colleagues. They had a special concert in July of 2018 to celebrate his 100th birthday. In addition, Ms. Baxter has been the soloist for large events and concerts in New Jersey, Indiana, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Ms. Baxter recently joined the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and was invited to sing with the Holiday Candlelight Chorus.
When she is not teaching or making music, Ms. Baxter enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her cockapoo, Taffy. She enjoys people, puzzles and dark chocolate.