In 1996, Baltimore entered college at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University where he studied percussion with Jonathan Haas and audited the graduate conducting course with Markand Thakkar. In 1999, Baltimore transferred to the Mannes College of Music where he completed an undergraduate diploma in music performance with major concentrations in both conducting and percussion.
Baltimore's private teachers have included Elizabeth Schulze, Robert Gutter, Gustav Maier, and David Gilbert. He has been coached by such notable conductors as Victor Yampolsky and National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Baltimore's conducting style is based in organic teachings and to that end he has studied pilates, yoga, and other organic body movement techniques with Boston University Professor Emeritus Joseph Gifford.
He has guest conducted orchestras all over the globe, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Oltenia Philharmonic in Romania, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in Russia, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt.
In July 2006, Baltimore recorded his first album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. The album entitled American Classics was released on February 1, 2007 and features An American in Paris by George Gershwin, Billy the Kid: Symphonic Suite by Aaron Copland, and Westside Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein.
One of Baltimore's greatest priorities is the exposure of music to the world's youth and as a result he has founded the not-for-profit corporation Chloe's Playhouse Productions. Inspired by and named after his daughter Chloe, Chloe's Playhouse Productions produces young people's concerts and instrument petting zoo experiences for many school aged children annually.
John Baltimore resides in Washington, DC with his daughter Chloe.
DC Philharmonic Orchestra
In 2009 Baltimore founded the DC Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington, DC. The inaugural concert of the orchestra was to be held at The Music Center at Strathmore on April 9 and 10, 2009. The programme was to have featured Mahler's Resurrection Symphony with Harolyn Blackwell and Denyce Graves as well as works by Michael Torke (Bright Blue Music ) and Samuel Barber (Knoxville: Summer of 1915). However, on April 8 it was announced that the concert would be postponed to an unspecified date in the fall of 2009.
- "DC Philharmonic Orchestra Inaugural Gala". The Music Center at Strathmore. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
- Smith, Tim (9 April 2009). "DC Philharmonic Orchestra postpones performances". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
- Midgette, Anne (5 March 2009). "New Orchestra Seeks A Diverse Audience". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
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