Cameron Roberts

saxophonist | programmer | educator
About me

Cameron (he/him) is currently a Ph.D student in the Computer Science and Learning Sciences combined program at Northwestern University, as well as a classical musician and software developer in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.Mus. in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University and an M.M. in Saxophone Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. 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 have been used across the city of Chicago by hundreds of students. Cameron is interested in how the collision of music and computing can reimagine a learner’s relationship with both domains as well as open up new opportunities for creative self-expression.


As a musician, Cameron has performed in solo and chamber recitals across the country and is currently a member of Garden Unit, a clarinet and saxophone duo. His primary teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Michael Weiss-Holmes, Susan Fancher, and Kyle Greaney. An avid proponent of contemporary and experimental music, he has premiered new works for the saxophone by composers such as Ben Zucker, George Papajohn, Julia Borelli, and Hannah Barnes. He has performed in masterclasses with saxophonists including Lars Mlekusch, John Sampen, Joseph Lulloff, Chien-Kwan Lin, and Zach Shemon.