Perry Roth (tenor saxophone) joined Barkada Quartet in the spring of 2017. Perry is an accomplished solo artist, chamber musician and educator. As an avid performer, Perry has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Hartt Symphony, the JACK Quartet, the American Modern Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion and the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet. He has premiered new works for saxophone by composers Crystal Birdsong, Robert Carl, Kyle Grimm, Steven Kowaleski, Chris Niner, Jeffrey Perry, Jay Rauch and Jacob Shrum among others.
As an educator, Perry maintains a very active private studio in the greater Hartford area and has previously served on the faculty of the LSU Performing Arts Academy, while concurrently serving as the saxophone instructor for the prestigious Wando High School band program in the summers. He has presented masterclasses at Southern University (Louisiana) and public schools across the country, his students have been accepted to music schools throughout the U.S. and have earned all-state band awards at several levels.
Perry was a guest performer at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. In addition, he has served as a saxophone fellow at both the New Music on the Point and Brevard Music Center summer festivals. He was a semi-finalist in the 2012 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition as well as a top award winner in the 2010 and 2011 Music Teacher’s National Association young artist and chamber music competitions. As a jazz and commercial artist, Perry performed regularly with Rosie and the Swingin’ Riveters throughout his time in Louisiana as well as with Theatre Baton Rouge, Ascension Community Theatre and Baton Rouge Youth Theatre.
Currently a doctoral candidate at the Hartt School, Perry has earned an MM degree from Louisiana State University where he served as the saxophone teaching assistant. Additionally, Perry earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Performer’s Certificate from the University of South Carolina. His principal teachers include Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Connie Frigo, Carrie Koffman and Clifford Leaman as well as Deborah Chodacki (clarinet).