. MIDI DESIGN SPECIALIST
. COMPOSER, KEYBOARDIST
. MUSICAL DIRECTOR, CONDUCTOR
The music of Howard Baer
is heard regularly on network television across Canada,
used in schools throughout the USA, England, Germany, China, Malaysia & South Korea,
and has been played in the UK, Australia, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Japan.
BAERTRACS MUSIC PRODUCTION
music for TV & FILM
During a 38 yr career which started in 1973 Mr. Baer had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, received seven JUNO nominations for album production (including a win as arranger in 1999) and composed/conducted numerous scores for TV & film including: Peter Ustinov in China, Winter Olympic Games (CBC TV Sports), Return Journey (with Stephanie Powers), Sesame Street, CBC Sportsweekend (CBC TV Sports), Computer Insider, Phantom of the Opera (with David Copperfield), CN Pavilion (Expo’86) …and several IMAX films. He was music producer for three such films which ran at the OSAKA WORLD’S FAIR (1990) and for the widely publicized TITANICA.
During this time Baer produced
recording sessions at numerous studios
in Toronto and Ottawa,
in Minneapolis and Dallas,
in Beijing/China, Budapest/Hungary,
Mainz/Germany and Lusaka/Zambia.
music for REFLECTION
Howard Baer’s music production can be heard on 18
SOLITUDES & AVALON
releases available in Canada, the USA,
and throughout the world.
One of these projects, ‘CELTIC CHARM‘ received this rave review:
“This superb album seems to breathe the air of the Canadian northwoods.
Mr. Baer’s arrangements and production (both brilliant as a crystal spring)
are nothing short of inspired.”
Two others have been recognized with JUNO nominations as
Best Instrumental Album Of The Year:
CELTIC AWAKENING (2000)
CELTIC MYSTIQUE (2003)
music for ORCHESTRA
Howard Baer’s writing for orchestra started in the late ’70s on an album project for French Canadian vocalist Monique Morel—
a studio album followed by a live orchestra presentation at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in 1980. Orchestra was used
for many studio advertising projects, album production and TV specials throughout the ’80s & ’90s.
Baer worked with orchestras on several IMAX films in the ’80s & early ’90s fulfilling various roles including music producer, musician contractor, orchestrator, composer and conductor in major Toronto studios. Through the years there were orchestra commissions by Maestro James McKay as well as writing for, and guest artist appearances with, the Toronto Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Boris Brott.
Music for the 2000 WORLD’S FAIR in Hanover Germany,
co-written with Bruce Stacey and orchestrated by Baer,
was recorded by a 60-piece orchestra under Baer’s direction,
at the world-famous ‘Magyar Radio Studios‘ in Budapest, Hungary.
music for KIDS
Howard Baer is a longtime producer and arranger of
music for children. Production started in this area in 1975
and continued until 2010. It has been said that:
“… a whole generation of children is growing up to
the music of Howard Baer.”
Many extensive programs have been prepared over the years for leading educational providers including:
Berandol Music (Canada)
GLC Publishers (Canada)
Pied Piper Int (China)
Sangjiwon Inc (South Korea)
Schott Music (Germany)
Sesame Street TV (Canada)
Silver Burdett (USA)
music for ADVERTISING
Baer’s musical scores
for radio & TV ad agencies
have been airing for many years.
Music production for JINGLES & INDUSTRIALS includes:
Addiction Research Foundation
As a performer, Mr. Baer has appeared as guest
synthesizer specialist with the Toronto Symphony,
National Arts Centre Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic,
Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony,
Symphony Hamilton, and as trumpet player with the
Stratford Festival Orchestra. As well, he has toured
as musical director & keyboardist for several theatre,
cabaret, and revue productions across Canada.
for the COMMUNITY
In addition to conducting a variety of orchestras and ensembles over the years in the recording studio, Baer has enjoyed musical involvement at the community level and served for several years as conductor of both the HAMILTON CONCERT BAND and the NORTH HASTINGS COMMUNITY CHOIR, and as musical director for several musical theatre productions.
During his time in North Hastings he chaired
Performing Arts Bancroft for 3 seasons,
sat as director on the Algonquin Arts Council,
and was a member of the
Playhouse Operations Committee.