Dr. Joren Cain grew up in the Chicago area, where he developed an interest in both classical and jazz idioms at an early age. Joren received his 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. Joren has held teaching positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois University, in addition to his ten-year tenure at Valdosta State University. He has also served as a member of the United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring concert band, where he performed frequently as a featured soloist and was the soprano saxophonist in the TUSAFB Saxophone Quartet. He has contributed several articles to GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz series, and he has published research discussing the saxophone sonatas of Edison Denisov and Fernande Decruck’s Sonata in C#. Joren's article discussing the development of jazz tone and style was published in the December 2016 issue of The Instrumentalist. He has also created several arrangements for saxophone quartet and saxophone choir, as well as original compositions for saxophone.
Dr. Cain is committed to the study and performance of contemporary saxophone music and has commissioned over a dozen new works for the instrument, including compositions by David M. Gordon, Jean-Louis Petit, and Carl Schimmel. His performances have been applauded by such diverse composers Sammy Nestico, Alfred Reed, and Jindřich Feld. Cain is active within the North American Saxophone Alliance, and his performances have taken him across the United States and to Europe. His CD Voices of Dissent was released on MSR Classics in 2011. Joren Cain is proud to be an RS Berkeley artist.