Joren Cain is Assistant Professor of saxophone and director of the New Jazz Ensemble at Valdosta State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied saxophone with Steve Duke. He received a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Jim Riggs. Dr. Cain has taught at Northern Illinois University and was a graduate saxophone teaching fellow at North Texas. He has an active performance schedule as a soloist and as a member of the Maharlika Trio,
and he has performed across the United States and abroad, including Germany and the Czech Republic. His article discussing the saxophone sonatas of Edison Denisov can be found in the 2000 Saxophone Symposium, and, most recently, he was a contributing writer for GIA’s “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz.” Another area of interest is the saxophone music of Fernande Decruck, and his doctoral dissertation includes a detailed analysis of her Sonata in C#. Dr. Cain served as a member of The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring concert band, for four years. He performed several times as a featured soloist, acted as staff arranger, and was the leader of the TUSAFB Saxophone Quartet, in which he played soprano saxophone. He can be heard on recordings by The United States Army Field Band, as well as UNT’s Two O’Clock Lab Band and Wind Symphony.