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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Brina Bourliea

Mark your calendars now to join us Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022 for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Saxophone Player

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Name: Brina Bourliea
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:20 AM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: Marimba and Saxophone Quartet
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 17
Bio: null
Ensemble Bio: Quartetto Obrigado has performed at conferences in France, Croatia, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, and Mississippi. In collaboration with percussionist Gustavo Miranda, Obrigado presented Circling the Square, a work for marimba and saxophone quartet by David Stock, on a featured Keyboard Focus Session Concert at the 2019 PASIC Convention in Indianapolis. In February 2019, they were featured with Red Shift Choir in a performance of Tõnu Kõrvitz’s Hymns from the Western Coast. They were featured performers for the 2018 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Phillip Schussler’s Sunburst Carousel, written for the group. Obrigado is: Alumni Professor and Distinguished Professor of Saxophone at Louisiana State University, Griffin Campbell, soprano; Visiting Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz Ensemble Director at Nicholls State University, Taylor Barbay Assad, alto; Gifted and Talented Music Educator in St. Tammany Parish, Jennifer C. Foret, tenor; and Instructor of Saxophone at Southeastern Louisiana University, Brina Bourliea, baritone.

Other Performers / Participants


Griffin Campbell

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Griffin Campbell has appeared to critical acclaim as a performer and presented master classes throughout the United States and in South America, Europe, and Asia. Conference performances include solo appearances at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and the International Computer Music Conference. World premieres include concerti, chamber music, electro-acoustic works, and smaller pieces both in America and abroad. His recordings can be found on the Capstone, Cat Crisis, Centaur, Electronic Music Foundation, SEAMUS, Vestige, and WorldWinds labels, as well as on CDBaby, Soundcloud, and Amazon. Dr. Campbell is a past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance and is Distinguished Professor of Saxophone and Bayhi Alumni Professor of Music at Louisiana State University, where he has been on faculty since 1984.

Taylor Barbay Assad

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Dr. Taylor Barbay Assad is currently the Visiting Instructor of Saxophone, Flute, and Jazz at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She has performed in France, Scotland, Croatia, New York, Chicago, and all over the United States. She has premiered works for solo saxophone, saxophone and electronics, saxophone duo, and chamber ensembles at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New Music DePaul, the Electric LaTex Festival, at the World Saxophone Congress, and at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences. Dr. Assad has performed with the Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, the Harry James Jazz Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Minos the Saint, and New World Funk. She has degrees with concentrations in Music Education, Music Performance, and Arts Administration. Her primary teachers include Griffin Campbell, Jonathan Helton, and Geoffrey Deibel. She is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones.

Jennifer C. Foret

Tenor Saxophone


Jennifer C. Foret received her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Currently she teaches in the St. Tammany Parish Talented Arts Program. She regularly performs with the Baton Rouge Symphony and Quartetto Obrigado. Previously she was the head director of bands at East and West Thibodaux Middle School. Jennifer has attended numerous national and international music festivals and conferences including World Saxophone Congresses, NASA Conferences, Brevard Center Music Festival in North Carolina, Domaine Forget in Canada, and the Faenza International Music Festival in Italy. She has studied and performed in various master classes with Michael Jacobson, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Lulloff, Kenneth Tse, Marco Albonetti, Jean-Marie Londiex, and Prism Quartet. Her primary teachers include Dr. Wildon J. Shinn, Dr. Griffin Campbell, and Dr. David Stambler.

Brina Bourliea

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Brina Bourliea is Instructor of Saxophone at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has given recitals and performances in the United States, Canada, Italy, Cyprus, France, and most recently in Zagreb, Croatia at the 18th World Saxophone Congress with Quartetto Obrigado. As a proponent of performing and commissioning new music she has worked on collaborative projects for saxophone and choir, saxophone and electronics, and saxophone quartet with notable composers Tõnu Kõrvits, Ben Stonaker, Christopher Scinto, and Phillip Schuessler. Before her appointment at Southeastern she taught in the St. Tammany Parish Talented Arts Program. Ms. Bourliea holds degrees from Arizona State University and Louisiana State University. She is a professional member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and Music Teachers National Association. t Southeastern Louisiana University, she teaches courses in Saxophone, Chamber Music, and Introduction to Music. 

Gustavo Miranda



Dr. Gustavo Miranda has taught master-classes in renowned universities in Brazil, Panama and the United States. He is currently the percussion professor of Nicholls State University. He was the director of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra percussion ensemble as well as an instructor of the Performing Arts Academy at LSU. As a soloist Dr. Miranda has performed with the Louisiana State University Symphony as well as with professional orchestras in Brazil, including the Orquestra Sinfonica da Paraiba and Orquestra Sinfonica do Recife. As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Black Sheep Percussion along with percussionist Dr. Joe W. Moore III, Sam Trevathan and Tim Shuster. Dr. Miranda is also a member of the PercSounDuo with the versatile percussionist Ismark Nascimento (Brazil). In addition, he has founded the Dynamic Duo, a duo of percussion and violin with his wife Deborah Ribeiro.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Circling the Square for Marimba and Saxophone Quartet David Stock 10
Three Florentine Guild Songs Anonymous, Arr. by J. Corey Knoll 7