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Membership Meeting and Music Speaker: Landon Baumgard

  • Northridge United Methodist Church 9650 Reseda Blvd Northridge, CA, 91324 United States (map)

Landon Baumgard is a professional pianist and music educator native to Ventura County, California. His varied career as a musician includes solo and chamber performances across the United States, teaching privately and in university settings, and extensive collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, and large ensembles. He holds a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and a Master of Music from Indiana University. He maintains a busy private teaching and coaching studio in the Ventura County area.

Baumgard is adjunct Professor of Music at CSUN, and has served as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University. In addition to teaching piano performance and secondary piano students in individual lessons, he lectures in music appreciation, class piano, and musicianship. His other role at CSUN is staff accompanist. This fall Landon will present several recitals around the Los Angeles area with the acclaimed Italian clarinetist, Antonio Tinelli. 

Baumgard is the staff accompanist with the region's foremost choral ensemble, Los Robles Master Chorale. He has worked as a substitute pianist for the L.A. Master Chorale, directed by Grant Gershon and Associate Director Lesley Leighton, with whom he has prepared such masterworks as Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Verdi’s Requiem. In 2012 he rehearsed with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the L.A. Master Chorale to prepare for the orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl. Last summer the L.A. Philharmonic invited Landon to work with violinist Jennifer Koh and Maestro Leon Botstein on Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in preparation for their Hollywood Bowl performance. Additional collaborative work has been with L.A.’s consummate women’s chorus, Vox Femina; the University Chorus of Indiana University; and hundreds of pre-college students in concerts and competitions.