Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch, kfoerch@vanguard.edu, ext. 6415. Assistant Professor of Music. D.M.A., University of Southern California. M.M., Eastman School of Music.

Director of the Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combo, his teaching areas include woodwind studies, jazz studies, advanced conducting, and beginning music theory. Dr. Kenneth R. Foerch is a free-lance studio musician, performer and instructor in the Los Angeles area. He performs as an extra saxophonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the direction on Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen, Zubin Mehta, John Williams, and others. He has appeared with the L.A. Master Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Long Beach Municipal Band. He has also appeared with some of today’s leading jazz artists, including Shelly Berg, Carmen Bradford, Ndugu Chancler, and Bill Watrous. Ken continues his work with noted composers such as Andrea Morricone.

Ken was a co-founder of the Capitol Quartet, a saxophone quartet specializing in orchestral pops. This ensemble masterfully performs jazz and classical saxophone quartet arrangements with Orchestra. While a member of the quartet, he performed throughout the United States with numerous orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony, Butler Symphony, as well as with conductors Marvin Hamlisch, Marin Alsop, Jeff Tyzik, and Daniel Hege. He was also an artist/clinician for Boosey and Hawkes, performing concerts and conducting master classes throughout the United States on their behalf. After a four year hiatus, he rejoined the Capitol Quartet in 2006 with a highlighted performance of the Phillip Glass Saxophone Quartet Concerto with Orchestra under Marin Alsop with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

Other accomplishments find Dr. Foerch appearing at the Ninth World Saxophone Congress in Japan, performing with the All-American College Band at Disneyland, and a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band for eight years. While with the Marine Band, he served as principal saxophonist, soloist, and clinician. In 2005, Ken began coordinating the ACSI Jazz Festival, which takes place on the campus of Vanguard University, served as music director and conductor for Vanguard’s Theater Department’s musical productions. In April of 2008, Dr. Foerch took Vanguard’s jazz ensemble to New York City to participate in DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York). They were featured with legendary lead jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. Dr. Foerch continues to enjoy a multifaceted career giving solo recitals, teaching, arranging, composing, recording and performing with numerous jazz, rock, and chamber groups throughout Southern California. He serves as the orchestra director at Calvary Chapel La Habra which began in 2009 and resides in La Verne with his wife Michele and daughters Sophia and Lauren.