Cameron Roberts, saxophonist & developer

Cameron is a musician and software developer living in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.Mus. in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University and is currently a graduate student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has performed in solo and chamber recitals across the country, but his current primary artistic venture is Garden Unit, a saxophone and clarinet duo. An avid proponent of contemporary and experimental music, Cameron is passionate about integrating improvisation and technology into pedagogy and performance. He has collaborated with Chicago-based composers to premiere more than ten recent works for the saxophone. He has performed in masterclasses with saxophonists including Lars Mlekusch, Joseph Lulloff, Chien-Kwan Lin, and Zach Shemon. His teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Michael Weiss-Holmes, Susan Fancher, and Kyle Greaney.

Outside of performance, his research interests include increasing access to arts education through technology, promoting musical and technical literacies, and creating novel interfaces for artistic expression. Since 2020, he has been a member of the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning Lab at Northwestern University, primarily working on the TunePad platform. TunePad is a web platform for teaching music and coding through a DAW-like environment. In addition to contributing to the software of the platform, he has developed curricula which has been used across the city of Chicago by hundreds of students, many of them on the far South and West sides of the city.