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David Baker receives honorary doctorate from DePauw

May 22, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Congratulations to Distinguished Professor David N. Baker Jr., chair of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Jazz Studies, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., during its commencement ceremony on May 20.

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DePauw University President Brian W. Casey congratulates Indiana University Distinguished Professor David N. Baker.

DePauw President Brian W. Casey noted highlights of Baker's career as Baker received his hood and diploma.

The honorary degree was given because of Baker's demonstrated excellence in performance, composition and teaching of music for generations of students and audiences. While his musical talents have perhaps had their greatest impact in the field of jazz, his impressive list of accomplishments includes more than 2,000 compositions, 65 recordings and 70 books in several musical fields and genres.

In partnership with the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution, Baker has worked to strengthen music and the arts nationally and internationally, and he has been recognized for his work with an Emmy Award and both a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award nomination, among many other tributes.

He was cited for his inspiration not only for DePauw School of Music students, but also for all students at DePauw University.

"It is a great honor and privilege to receive the honorary Doctor of Music degree from DePauw University, one of America's oldest and most prestigious liberal arts institutions of higher learning," said Baker. "I am deeply grateful to President Brian Casey, the Board of Trustees, Dean Mark McCoy of the School of Music and everyone involved in presenting me with this very special award."

A video of the the commencement presentation to Baker can be seen at