Garfield Swift, 74, a baritone who performed and taught in this country and abroad, died of cancer Sept. 18 at his home in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Mr. Swift lived and worked in Washington for many years. He performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Civic Opera and other companies, appeared in recital at the Phillips and Corcoran galleries and elsewhere, and taught at Catholic University and Montgomery College.

At various times he appeared as a soloist at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and at Foundry Methodist, Metropolitan Methodist and St. Luke's Methodist churches. He sang on national radio programs and with the USO during World War II.

For five years in the late 1960s, Mr. Swift conducted School Concerts of Greater Washington, a federally funded program that brought concerts to public schools in the Washington area.

Mr. Swift was born in New York City and educated in Europe. He attended Northwestern University and then returned to New York to begin his career as a singer. He lived in Washington from 1946 to 1951, from 1955 to 1958 and from 1964 to 1971, when he retired to Blue Ridge Summit.

For many years he lived in Holland, where he found a number of old French, Dutch and English songs.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Ross Thompson of Blue Ridge Summit; four sons, Theodore Noyes, Justin Ransom II, William Byrne III, all of Washington, and G. Christian Jr., of Cleveland, Tenn.; his stepmother, Helen Pruitt Swift of Holmes Beach, Fla.; a half-sister, Virginia Swift Harris of Birmingham, Mich., and five grandchildren.