Michelle Reed Baker was second horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1990 to 2017. Prior, she was a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. Her new life finds her focusing on teaching, spending time with family, and freelancing, performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart, Montclair Orchestra, ProMusica, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and All Star Orchestra. She serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music (where she is also the Chair of the Brass Department), and Montclair State University. She has given master classes at Juilliard, Texas Music Festival, Boston University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Western Michigan University, Kinhaven, New England Conservatory, California State Long Beach, Cincinnati Conservatory, University of Georgia, and the University of Delaware. She has also taught and coached at the Round Top Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. 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 of Music at the University of Houston and her Master of Music at the Juilliard School.