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, Ukraine, the US, and most recently with the Sinfonica de Oaxaca in Mexico.
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. 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 countless performances of these works across the US, Mexico, and Europe.
As an orchestral saxophonist, Baker regularly performs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet and has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Chicago Chamber Players, and American Ballet Theater. 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 Orchestra (Cedille Label), The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera (Albany Records), and on Robert Scott Thompson’s Folio, Vol.1 and 2 and Solace (Aucourant Records).
Performance highlights from this past season included a concerto performance with the Sinfonica de Oaxaca in Mexico, performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Turandot with the Atlanta Opera, performances with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and at Lincoln Center in New York as well as numerous Bent Frequency productions, including performances at the MATA Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, a John Luther Adams Residency, and artist residencies at The University of Georgia and New Music on the Point in Vermont. This season, highlights include a concert tour of the Midwest with the Bent Frequency Duo Project featuring three world premieres, Turandot with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Modern Masters series with the Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic, and a guest artist recital and clinics at the International Woodwind Duo Symposium in Texas.
As an educator, Dr. Baker is Associate 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.