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Faculty Quintet to perform Monday
By David West

NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State University Faculty Woodwind Quintet will perform Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will coincide with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. for Michael Yankowski, professor of art, who is exhibiting a collection of sculptures in Gallery II.  

Members of the quintet are Northwestern State faculty Douglas Bakenhus, Kristine Coreil, Leah Forsyth, Dennette McDermott and Malena McLaren. The quintet will be joined by special guest David Steele on bass clarinet. Steele is an adjunct faculty member at NSU.

The program will include works by Jacques Ibert, August Klughardt, Alvin Etler and Leos Janacek.

Bakenhus is the music director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony and has been music director of the Northeast Texas Symphony since 2002.  He teaches bassoon, music theory, aural skills and conducting at Northwestern State. Throughout his teaching career, Bakenhus has remained active as a guest conductor, clinician, and bassoonist.  Recent international conducting appearances include The Sinfonietta Bratislava in Slovakia, and the San Pedro Sula City Chamber Orchestra in Honduras. He recently recorded a CD of flute, bassoon and piano trios with McDermott and pianist Katerina Zaitseva. Other recent ensemble performances include on the baroque bassoon with the Baroque Artists of Shreveport, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada, and with baroque ensembles in Houston, Ars Lyrica, The Houston Bach Society and Mercury Baroque.

Coreil has been a member of the Northwestern State faculty since the fall of 1994, teaching horn and music theory and conducting the Natchitoches-Northwestern Horn Choir.  She has played with numerous orchestras, including the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Beloit-Janesville (Wisc.) Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Longview Symphony, the Texarkana Symphony, the Meridian Symphony and the Rapides Symphony. Coreil is a current member of the Shreveport Symphony, playing in the horn section for the past 14 years. Coreil received the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award for performance in the area of modern pieces written for the classical era natural horn.  She commissioned a Louisiana composer to compose a piece for the natural horn, “Gently Weep for Natural Horn in D and Echoplex” by Thomas Hundemer and has premiered and performed the piece internationally.

Forsyth currently serves as adjunct professor of oboe. Prior to joining the NSU faculty, she served as oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., where she also performed regularly throughout the United States with the Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet.  She previously held the position of solo English horn with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Charleston (S.C.) Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Forsyth performs regularly with the Shreveport Symphony and the Texarkana Symphony and other orchestras throughout Louisiana and Texas. She is a founding member of the Three Reeds Duo with husband and saxophonist Paul Forsyth.

 McDermott is professor of flute and coordinator of graduate studies. She made her European debut in 1992 in the Czech Republic with the Czech premiere of Jindrich Feld's Introduzione, “Toccato e Fuga.” In 1995 she taught at the Janacek Academie of Music as part of a faculty exchange with Professor Arnost Bourek. Dr. McDermott has performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, England, Canada, Honduras, Russia, Spain and throughout the United States, including numerous performances at National Flute Association Conventions. She was a winner of the Conventions Performers Competition in 1994, 1996 and 1999. In 1998, the Donald F. Derby Endowed Professorship funded her CD," Solo Czech Flute." In 2003, she received an Arts Link Grant to fund the first Slovak Flute Festival. She is a member of Trio de Llano.

McLaren is an associate professor of clarinet. As a member of Trio de Llano, McLaren has performed throughout the U.S., Slovakia, the Czech Republic, England and Canada.  She also plays frequently with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, she received the second place prize in the ICA Research Presentation Competition at the ClarinetFest in Vancouver, Canada. McLaren has performed solo recitals at the 2008, 2010, and 2012 International ClarinetFest conferences and as a member of Trio de Llano at the 2009 National Flute Association Conference in New York City and the 2011 ClarinetFest.  Most recently, she received the Magale Endowed Professorship to perform and continue research in Madrid, Spain. 

Steele received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2009 from NSU, where he studied with McLaren.  In 2011, he received the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of New Mexico. In 2012, Steele began his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. While at Northwestern State, Steele was principal clarinetist with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the Jazz Orchestra and several pit orchestras. He is a recipient of the McCutchen Honor Award for Musical Excellence, the Magale Scholarship for Music Excellence and the Bless McNeely Scholarship for Outstanding Musical Performance.



Northwestern State University Faculty Woodwind Quintet members, front from left, Leah Forsyth and Douglas Bakenhus and, back from left, Kristine Coreil, Malena McLaren and Dennette McDermott.