Composing Music

About Grace Baugher

Grace Baugher is an up and coming composer whose music employs memorable melodic material and whimsical styles. 

From a young age, Grace has pursued many areas of music such as piano, voice, wind instruments, music theory, and composition. After noticing patterns in the music she was playing on the piano, she began to apply those harmonic movements with new melodies and thus began composing her own music. What started as songs written for herself and her sister to perform eventually evolved in to chamber and choral works. In her senior year of high school, she was offered the opportunity to participate in the young composer’s institute with the Kansas City Symphony with composer in residence Adam Schoenberg. During this year of study, she became acquainted with compositional and orchestration techniques, observed first readings, and worked with the symphony musicians. The program concluded with a premier in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City with members of the Kansas City Symphony. This was the premier of her first chamber work, Luminescent Skies. 

Just two months later Grace began her college education at Kansas State University studying with Dr. Craig Weston. During her time at Kansas State she had multiple premiers by students, faculty, and guest artists. Several of her pieces were performed by major ensembles at the university including the Woodwind ensemble, Brass ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra. In addition to a Bachelors degree in Music Composition, Grace completed an emphasis in Horn Performance and a minor in Leadership studies. Since graduation her pieces have been performed across the country at multiple colleges and conferences. 

Recently, Grace finished her Masters of Music in Composition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville studying with Dr. Andy Sigler. Since graduation she returned to her alma mater at Kansas State University to finish a teaching certificate in music education.