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Berry Baker Jan (USA)

Since the age of 10 I have played on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces




Soprano - Vandoren reeds 3.5/4, SL3 mouthpiece, Optimum ligature
Alto - Vandoren reeds 3.5/4, AL3 mouthpiece, Optimum and M/O ligature
Tenor - Vandoren reeds 3.5, T20 mouthpiece, Optimum ligature
Baritone - Vandoren reeds 3.5/4, BL3 mouthpiece, Optimum ligature

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).

Performance highlights from this past season include performances of Werther and A Streecar Named Desire with the Chicago Lyric Opera, performances with the Paris Opera Ballet, world premieres of Filigree and Shadow by Robert Scott Thompson, Saxophone Etudes by Jason Freeman, Mischief by Perry Goldstein and Coil, Recoil by Carolyn O’Brien.  She performed in The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera, Art/Movement with CORE dance at the High Museum, in the world premiere of Pavo by Nick Demos with the Atlanta Ballet and gave multiple performances with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park. She gave recitals at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland and in Paris at the Henri Selmer Concert à la Fontaine. This season she will perform at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico and give multiple performances of premiere works with percussionist Stuart Gerber across the US and Europe.

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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