Joren Cain is currently Associate Professor of saxophone and director of the New Jazz Ensemble at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. His interest in both classical and jazz idioms began while growing up in the Chicago area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Steve Duke. He continued his studies with Jim Riggs at the University of North Texas, where he was a Teaching Fellow, a member of the 2 O’Clock Lab Band, and earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.
Prior to his position at VSU, Cain served as a member of The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring concert band, for four years. He performed as a featured soloist and was the soprano saxophonist in the TUSAFB Saxophone Quartet. He has contributed several articles for GIA’s “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz,” and he has published research discussing the saxophone sonatas of Edison Denisov and Fernande Decruck’s Sonata in C#.
Dr. Cain is committed to the study and performance of contemporary saxophone music and has commissioned over a dozen new works for the instrument. His playing has been applauded by such diverse composers Sammy Nestico, Alfred Reed, and Jindřich Feld. Currently, he has an active performance schedule as a soloist, a member of the Maharlika Trio, the Onyx Saxophone Quartet, and as a freelance musician throughout the southeastern United States. His CD “Voices of Dissent” was released on MSR Classics in 2011. Joren Cain is proud to be an RS Berkeley artist.