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.
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).
As an educator, Dr. Baker is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University and has studied with Frederick Hemke, William H. Street, and Barbara Lorenz. Jan Baker is the Region 6 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance and is a Selmer Paris and Vandoren performing artist.