Taylor Barbay Assad




Taylor Barbay Assad is currently the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Jazz 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 and Minos the Saint. 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 the World Saxophone Conference in Zagreb, Croatia. She has premiered works for solo saxophone, saxophone and live electronics, saxophone duo, and saxophone quartet by composers Niloufar Iravani, Lee Ann Robichaux, Jase Nugent, William Montgomery, Brad Robin, 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 Louisiana State University'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. She studied with Griffin Campbell at Louisiana State University, and with Geoffrey Deibel and Jonathan Helton at the University of Florida.