Mormon woman Jenny Oaks Baker violin Grammy

Jenny Oaks Baker, a Mormon woman (member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has been nominated for a Grammy. This is her first music video, a fun take on “A Whole New World.”

Fast facts about Jenny Oaks Baker:

  • She’s a wife and dedicated mother of four. In this Washington Post article, she says: “I’ll drop everything to be there  for my kids. Being a good mother is my number one priority.” (See this article for more about her life.)
  • Was performing with a symphony at age eight
  • Received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City
  • Retired from her seven-year position as first-chair violinist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. to be more available for her family
  • Has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra
  • In addition to her Grammy-nominated album, she’s had another album (Then Sings My Soul) that got to No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.
  • Music plays a significant part in her family life (all of her children are musicians) and in her faith.
  • Daughter of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Her violin is over 200 years old. (See this interview with Jenny Oaks Baker.