Saxophonist Perry Roth is an accomplished solo artist, chamber musician and educator. Roth holds the tenor saxophone chair in the Barkada Quartet, which he joined in the spring of 2017. As an avid performer, Roth has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Hartt Symphony, the JACK Quartet, the American Modern Ensemble and Third Coast Percussion. Roth has premiered new works for saxophone by composers Robert Carl, David Macbride, David Martnuik, Marc Mellits, and Jeffrey Perry among others.
As an educator, Roth is on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division at The University of Hartford where he teaches a full studio of pre-college and adult students. Previously, Roth served on the faculty of the Louisiana State University Performing Arts Academy, while also serving as the saxophone instructor for the prestigious Wando High School (SC) band program in the summers. Roth has presented masterclasses at Southern University (LA), the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Shenandoah Conservatory. Roth’s students have been accepted to music schools across the country and have earned all-state band awards at multiple levels.
As a soloist, Perry has performed concerti with the Foot in the Door Contemporary Players, Capital University Wind Ensemble and the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble. In addition to his collegiate studies, Roth has performed in the Brevard Music Center summer festival, and has served as the first ever saxophonist at both New Music on the Point in 2014 and the Yale School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, New Music Workshop in 2018. Additionally, he has performed under the batons of Ken-David Masur (Boston Symphony), Julian Pellicano (Winnipeg Symphony) and Michael Barrett (New York Festival of Song).
Roth has presented guest performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in both 2016 and 2018 as well as the 2011 and 2018 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. Roth 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, Roth 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, Roth earned a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University where he served as the saxophone teaching assistant. Additionally, Roth earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Performer’s Certificate from the University of South Carolina. Roth’s principal teachers include Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Connie Frigo, Carrie Koffman, Clifford Leaman as well as Deborah Chodacki (clarinet).