Taylor Barbay Assad




Taylor Barbay Assad is currently the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. She maintains an active performing schedule as the alto chair in the professional saxophone quartet Quartetto Obrigado along with Griffin Campbell, Brina Bourliea Faciane, and Jennifer Foret. Taylor regularly performs with the Baton Rouge Symphony. She has also performed with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, New World Funk, and Beaucoup Boogie. Taylor performed as a soloist at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrew's, Scotland. Taylor regularly presents at international and national conferences presenting new music for the saxophone, most recently at LaTex and NYCEMF. 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. 


As an educator, Taylor has given several masterclasses and worked as a woodwind instructor in the Baton Rouge and Gainesville Areas. Taylor has held teaching positions at LSU's Laboratory School and Westdale Middle School. Students of her private studio have received numerous 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 studio at the University of Florida and LSU's Golden Band from Tigerland.


Taylor is a Vandoren Regional Artist and the Doctoral Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University. She is pursuing her DMA with Griffin Cambpell. Taylor studied with Geoffrey Deibel and Jonathan Helton at the University of Florida.