McDermott, Bakenhus to present recital Jan. 11


Northwestern State University music faculty Dr. Dennette Derby McDermott and Dr. Douglas Bakenhus will present a recital on Monday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Limited admission is available for NSU students, faculty and staff only. Social distancing should be observed and masks are required. The concert will livestream at

The concert features McDermott on all 12 fantasies for solo flute by Telemann. Bakenhus will perform with McDermott on five of the pieces on bassoon.

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. After playing flute and piccolo professionally for many years her interest in baroque flute led to the opportunity to participate in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in 2015, 2017 and 2018, an intensive training program on historical instruments, where she studied flute with Claire Guimond and Jed Wentz. She participated in the Twin Cities Baroque Music program in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, McDermott was selected from an audition to participate with The American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco where she studied with Sandra Miller. She has 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. In 2020, she performed with the Ritornello Baroque Collective of San Diego. She 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, and 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. He has participated in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (2010, 2017) 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). He participated in the Twin Cities Baroque Institute in Minneapolis, where he studied with Jaap Linden and Marc Destrube and Harpsichord builder Ton Amil.