Taylor Assad

SAXOPHONE, JAZZ BAND

Adjunct Instructor of Music


Taylor Barbay Assad joined the faculty at Nicholls State University in the Fall of 2017 as the Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone and Director of the Nicholls State University Jazz Band. She maintains an active performing schedule as the alto chair in Quartetto Obrigado along with Griffin Campbell, Brina Bourliea Faciane, and Jennifer Foret. Taylor regularly performs with the Baton Rouge Symphony and with the Constantinides New Music Ensemble. She has also performed with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Harry James Jazz Orchestra, Ned Fasullo & the Fabulous Big Band Orchestra, New World Funk, House Blend, and Beaucoup Boogie. Taylor performed as a soloist at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Taylor regularly presents at international and national conferences premiering new music for the saxophone, most recently at the Electric LaTex Festival and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. She has premiered works for solo saxophone, saxophone and live electronics, saxophone duo, and saxophone quartet by composers Philip Schuesseler, Ben Stonaker, Nick Hwang, Alejandro Arguello, Garrett Hecker, Andrew Pfalz, and Chester Udell. Upcoming projects include collaborations with composers Brad Robin, William Montgomery, Luciano Correa, and Jinaki Boudreaux.

As an educator, Taylor routinely gives masterclasses and has worked as a band director and woodwind instructor in the Baton Rouge and Gainesville areas. Students of her private studio have received honors such as selection to the Louisiana All-State Symphonic, Concert, and Jazz Bands, All-District, All-Parish Concert and Jazz Bands. Her students have joined the saxophone studios at the University of Florida and at Louisiana State University.

Taylor is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones. She is the Doctoral Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University while pursuing her DMA with a minor in Arts Administration. Taylor studies with Dr. Griffin Campbell and previously studied with Dr. Geoffrey Deibel and Dr. Jonathan Helton at the University of Florida.

EDUCATION:

B.M. and B.M.E. Louisiana State University
M.M. University of Florida

ORGANIZATIONS:

North American Saxophone Alliance
National Association for Music Education
Louisiana Music Educators Association
Louisiana Association of Jazz Educators

CONTACT:

101 Lindsley Hall
email: taylor.assad@nicholls.edu