McDermott, Bakenhus to livestream baroque recital at NSU Sept. 14

Dennette McDermott, left and Douglas Bakenhus.

Flutist Dennette McDermott and bassoonist Douglas Bakenhus will present a faculty recital, “From Baroque to Galant,” on Monday, Sept 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

In keeping with School of Creative and Performing Arts guidelines, admission is limited to 72 NSU students only. Masks are required and social distancing should be observed. The concert will be livestreamed at

McDermott is professor of flute and coordinator of graduate studies at Northwestern State, where she has taught since 1990. 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.

In 2015, her interest in baroque flute led to the opportunity to participate in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (and again in 2017 and 2018), an intensive training program on historical instruments, where she studied flute with Claire Guimond and Jed Wentz. In addition, she participated in the Twin Cities Baroque Music program (2016 and 2017), where she studied with Wilbert Hazelzet. In 2019 She was selected from an audition to participate with The American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco where she studied with Sandra Miller. She also participated in the Seattle Baroque Flute Course taught by Janet See and Kathy Stewart. McDermott plays baroque flute with the Austin Baroque Orchestra, a period music ensemble that specializes in music of the renaissance, baroque and classical periods. Earlier this year, she performed with the Ritornello Baroque Collective of San Diego.

McDermott holds degrees from Michigan State University (BM), The University of Michigan (MM) and The University of North Texas (DMA).

Bakenhus is the music director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony at Northwestern State, where he also teaches bassoon, aural skills, string methods, and conducting. His music degrees are from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has completed additional graduate courses in conducting and bassoon performance at the University of Michigan. Bakenhus has been the music director of the Northeast Texas Symphony since 2002, and he has held teachings positions at Texas Lutheran University and the University of Mississippi. He has taught public school orchestras in Austin ISD and Cy-Fair ISD and has made several recent guest conducting appearances throughout the region and abroad, including the Sinfonietta Bratislava in Slovakia, and the San Pedro Sula City Chamber Orchestra in Honduras.

He has also performed abroad with the NSU Faculty Woodwind Trio in Canada, Slovakia, England and the Czech Republic. He regularly performs in orchestras throughout the Ark-La-Tex region, including the Shreveport, Longview, South Arkansas and Texarkana symphony orchestras. Bakenhus has participated in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute on baroque bassoon and has made recent appearances with the Baroque Artists of Shreveport, the Austin Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica of Houston, the Houston Bach Society and the Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined (Houston).