Woodwind Faculty

Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance, Principal Clarinet LA Philharmonic
Jan Berry Baker
Professor - Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Adam Gilberti
Lecturer - Music Education/Woodwinds, Instrument Curator
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Benjamin Smolen
Lecturer - Flute Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Jan Baker on KPFK Radio
The Anne LeBaron Portrait Concert (Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m., Lani Hall) will feature a number of top artists. Jan Berry Baker, saxophone professor, headed over to KPFK Radio to play some of Anne’s music on Global Village, hosted by John Schneider. The show is live on Thursday, January 25 at 11 a.m. You can
The Classical Jewels of the Black Mecca
African Americans have a formidable, if underappreciated, presence as composers in the modern classical music world. Atlanta and Los Angeles based Bent Frequency, led by UCLA saxophonist Jan Berry Baker, has worked to shine a light on their work. John Ross catalogued these efforts in The Bitter Southerner.
LA Philharmonic Opens its 2023 Season with a Bang
Renowned cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason opened the LA Philharmonic’s season. The orchestra also delivered a stirring rendition of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s UirupurĂș, which featured extensive solos by UCLA faculty Jan Berry Baker and Denis Bouriakov. The performance “seethed with color and ambience from the start,” wrote Laurence Vittes at Bachtrack.

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