Associate Professor, Saxophone
Saxophonist Jan Berry Baker is a native of Alberta, Canada. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, Germany, Scotland, England, Ukraine, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with several orchestras in Canada and the United States and with the National Symphony of the Ukraine.
An advocate of new music, Baker is the Co-Artistic Director and saxophonist with Atlanta-based new music ensemble Bent Frequency. She has commissioned and premiered numerous works by distinguished and cutting-edge composers and has won national and international grants to fund the creation, performance and recording of new music. Recent collaborations include composers such as Lei Liang, Jennifer Walshe, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Juan Trigos as well as PUSH Physical Theater, CORE Dance Company and visual artist Craig Dongoski. The Bent Frequency Duo Project (with percussionist Stuart Gerber) has commissioned over 20 new works for saxophone and percussion in the past few years and has given over 30 performances of these works across the US, Germany and France.
As an orchestral saxophonist, Baker regularly performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet and has appeared with the Paris Opera Ballet, Chicago Chamber Players, American Ballet Theater, and Joffrey Ballet. She can be heard on Citizens of Nowhere, featuring works for clarinet and saxophone (Albany Records), American Orchestral Works with Grant Park Orchestra (Cedille Label), and The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera (Albany Records). She is also featured on Robert Scott Thompson’s Folio, Vol.1 and 2 and Solace (Aucourant Records). The BF Duo Project will release their premiere recording on Centaur Records in Fall 2016.
Performance highlights from this past season included multiple US performances, including a Carnegie Hall recital, and a tour of France with the Bent Frequency Duo Project. Bent Frequency presented a fully staged chamber opera DiCachetitoRaspado by Juan Trigos, gave multiple performances on the Atlanta Streetcar entitled Music for a Captive Audience for Elevate Atlanta and presented Bicycle Built for 111 for Art on the Beltline. Bent Frequency was also Ensemble in Residence at the Charlotte New Music Festival. As an orchestral saxophonist, Baker performed with the Grant Park Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This season, she will be featured as a concerto soloist with the Oaxaca Sinfonica in Mexico and will perform with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She will be involved in numerous Bent Frequency productions, including performances at the MATA Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, The Sonification of the Japanese Garden, The Innocents Project at UGA, and a John Luther Adams residency at Georgia State University. She will also be collaborating on numerous new commissions for the BF Duo Project.
As an educator, Dr. Baker is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University. She studied with Frederick Hemke, William H. Street, and Barbara Lorenz and holds a Doctor of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. Jan Baker is the Region 6 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance and is a Selmer Paris and Vandoren performing artist.