Jan Berry Baker
A global saxophone perspective
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, Atlanta Ballet 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 the BF Duo Project's new disc Diamorpha (Centaur Records), Citizens of Nowhere featuring works for clarinet and saxophone (Albany Records), American Orchestral Works with Grant Park Symphony (Cedille Label), the world premiere recording of The Golden Ticket
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. Jan Baker is the Region 6 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance. 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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