From attending her brother’s orchestra concert at the age of four to being nominated for a Grammy award, Jenny Oaks Baker said her success in the music industry is due to the hard work and dedication she showed in her younger years.
Baker received her Master of Music from Julliard School, located in New York City, and then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
When attending school at the Curtis Institute of Music, Baker said she would practice several hours a day.
“Luckily I practiced really hard when I was younger,” Baker said. “I was doing around 10 hours a day in college. I was practicing every moment I could.”
Since then, Baker has released 11 albums, including the Grammy- nominated album, “Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney.”
Baker said having a sportive family has helped her balance her career and personal life.
“Number one, I have a really sportive husband,” Baker said. “He is there to pick the pieces. So having a really, really sportive husband is very imperative.”
Baker said that she was given this musical gift and these opportunities to continue developing that gift.
She said she feels blessed to have a gift and hopes her music will help people come closer to the Savior.
“I’m trying to build the kingdom, share my talents and let my light so shine and I can only do that because the Lord really, really blesses me,” Baker said.
She said she would encourage aspiring artists to practice as much as they can.
Baker said to take advantage of every moment where they can work on their talent because they won’t have as much time when they start raising a family.
“Do as much, as you possibly can, and rely on the Lord to make the difference. We always have to do that,” she said.
When Baker comes to Rexburg, she said that she will be playing her favorite pieces from her 11 albums. Additionally, Baker said she only plays pieces that have a special meaning to her. Baker said one of her favorite arrangements she ever wrote is “Amazing Grace.”
“I always hope, every time I perform, people are touched and they go home changed,” Baker said. “I want everyone to go away from the experience closer to the Savior and more full of knowledge that Heavenly Father loves them.”
Baker will perform at BYU-Idaho Oct. 12 in the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall.
According to BYU-I’s official website, an additional show was added due to popular demand. She will now perform two shows: one at 4:30 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.