Ken Foerch

saxophone

Kenneth Foerch is a studio musician, performer, and educator in the Los Angeles area. He performs as an on-call saxophonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has performed under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta, John Williams, and many others. He has appeared with the L.A. Opera, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, L.A. Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, and Long Beach Municipal Band.

His appearances have been with some of today’s leading artists, including Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello, and John Legend.He has performed as a chamber musician for the “Green Umbrella” series of the L.A. Philharmonic and worked with international composers such as Thomas Alves. 

Dr. Foerch was a co-founder of the Capitol Quartet, a saxophone quartet that performed throughout the United States with numerous orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, as well as with conductors Marvin Hamlisch, Marin Alsop, Jeff Tyzik, and Daniel Hege. He is a member of the Encore Saxophone Quartet, Orion Saxophone Quartet, and a former artist/clinician for Boosey and Hawkes and served as former principal saxophonist and soloist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. 

His current appointment as an Associate Professor is Director of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Saxophone Quartet, Conductor of Concert Band, and head of the Jazz Studies Department at Vanguard University.  He is also Lecturer of Saxophone at Pomona College.  He earned a D.M.A. degree from University of Southern California, M.M. from Eastman School of Music, and a B.M. from Michigan State University