Michelle Reed Baker was second horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1990 to 2017. Prior to that, she was a member of the New Jersey Symphony. Her new life finds her focusing on teaching, spending time with family, and freelancing. She serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music where she is also the chair of the Brass Department. Her recordings include the Hindemith Sonata for Alto Horn with pianist David Korevaar on the Kleos Classics label. She also commissioned and recorded a piece for low horn entitled Imaginings, written by Dorothy Gates. Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Baker earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston and her master’s degree at the Juilliard School.