Saxophonist Jan Berry Baker is a native of Alberta, Canada. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout North America, France, Ukraine, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. She has won top prizes in numerous competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Concerto Competition and the Johann Strauss Society competition. An advocate of new music, she is the Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with Bent Frequency and has commissioned and premiered works by numerous composers, including Jennifer Walshe, Perry Goldstein, Jason Freeman, Joel Puckett, John A. Lennon, M. William Karlins, William Bolcom, Vivienne Olive, Christopher Burns, Jeff Herriott, and Roshanne Etezady to name a few. 

As an orchestral saxophonist, she regularly performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic and the Atlanta Opera and has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Canada, the United States and the National Symphony of the Ukraine. She can be heard on American Orchestral Works with Grant Park Symphony (Cedille Label), the world premiere recording of The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera (Albany Records) and on Robert Scott Thompson’s Folio, Vol.1 and 2 (Aucourant Records).  She has been broadcast in recital on CBC and NPR and is currently recording Citizens of Nowhere, a CD project of works written for clarinet and saxophone (Albany Records).

As an educator, Dr. Baker is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University. Previous teaching engagements include Artist-Affiliate at Emory University, Artist-Teacher at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, lecturer at Northwestern University and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta. She was also the sabbatical replacement for Fred Hemke at Northwestern University in 2004.  Her principal teachers include Frederick L. Hemke, William H. Street, and Barbara Lorenz and she holds a Doctor of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. Jan Baker is a Selmer Paris and Vandoren performing artist.

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