Performer (clarinet, saxophone, woodwinds), Conductor, Arranger, Teacher



James Kalyn has built a career over the past 30 years as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician of the highest caliber on both clarinet and saxophone. An Associate Professor at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada (, Kalyn can be heard performing regularly in the region as clarinetist with Ventus Machina ( and Symphony New Brunswick, on saxophone with the Brogue Quartet (, and in recitals. James Kalyn is also a highly regarded conductor of band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble. In recent years he has become increasingly active as an arranger of music, bringing a lifetime of experience to the craft. His love of the mechanical has also led him to train as an instrument repairman. 

Kalyn has been a clarinetist with numerous professional orchestras, including those of Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States, and the Windsor Symphony and Orchestra London in Canada. As a concert saxophonist he has performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Argentina, China and Japan. He is called to play and tour with The Cleveland Orchestra and is heard on solo, ensemble and chamber music recordings. His solo recordings include 6 Standard Saxophone Sonatas, Brillance and Glazunov Concerto. The Ventus Machina woodwind quintet 2017 CD In the Weeds was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. 

Prior to his work at Mount Allison University Kalyn held a conducting and studio teaching position at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and was an adjunct teacher at several institutions in the United States and Canada. Kalyn holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario.