Keith Richard Baitz

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Rick Baitz composes for film, television, dance, theater and the concert stage. Recent screen credits include the feature documentary "Who Cares About Kelsey" (premiered at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival), HBO's "The Vagina Monologues" and "Life Afterlife", the award-winning PBS documentary "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy", the Sundance-honored "The Education of Shelby Knox", National Geographic's acclaimed specials "The New Chimpanzees", "Heart of Africa" and "Looters"; and Atom Films' "Baby Steps", starring Kathy Bates.  His concert works have been performed across the US, Europe and Latin America, with his string quartet "Chthonic Dances", premiered by the eminent ensemble ETHEL in 2011, described as "a bright-hued, vigorously melodic score" by the New York Times.  His Juilliard-commissioned quintet "River of January" won multiple awards, including the Delius Composition Contest, and was termed a "glowing jewel of a new score" -- also by the NY Times.Raised in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Durban, South Africa, Rick has worked as a deckhand on a dredger in Durban and a cabbie in New York City.  He received his Doctorate of Music Arts in Composition from Columbia University.  Currently Faculty Chair of Vermont College of Fine Arts' MFA in Music Composition, and Director of BMI's advanced film scoring workshop, "Composing for the Screen", Rick composes, produces and teaches out of his studio in New York City.Bio courtesy of Rick Baitz' website, where you can find more about his work.

Dissertation
"The Riverfisher", Part I, and, "The Riverfisher", Part I: A written analytical commentary
Columbia Degrees: 
DMA, Composition
1991