Jan Baker

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 Robert Scott Thompson, Carolyn OBrien, Jennifer Walshe, Perry Goldstein, Joel Puckett, John A. Lennon, M. William Karlins, William Bolcom, Mischa Zupko, Mark Engebretson, and Nick Demos. 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 most recently with the National Symphony of the Ukraine. She has recorded American Orchestral Works with Grant Park Symphony on the Cedille Label and has been broadcast in recital on CBC and NPR. She is currently recording Citizens of Nowhere, a CD project of works written for clarinet and saxophone.
Performance highlights from this season include the world premiere of Atlanta 2089 by Jennifer Walshe, the world premiere of Filigree and Shadow by Robert Scott Thompson, the world premiere of Saxophone Etudes by Jason Freeman, The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera, Off the Edge contemporary dance festival with gloATL and performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance in Phoenix and World Saxophone Congress in Scotland.
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 performing artist and plays exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones.