Brian Dunbar

Dr. Brian Dunbar, a native of St. Augustine, FL, enjoys performing as a soloist, orchestral performer, and chamber musician, in addition to his activities as a pedagogue. He earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Louisiana State University & A&M College, a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University. Dr. Dunbar is the Development Officer for Kids’ Orchestra, an El-Sistema inspired non-profit organization in Baton Rouge, LA. From 2014-2017, he was Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at Southern University and A&M College. Brian has considerable experience as a performer in virtually all aspects of professional performance including concerto, recital, chamber, solo, studio, and orchestral contexts. He has been recognized in the 2017 Monroe Symphony League Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists, Stetson University and Louisiana State University Concerto, Sankyo Flutes Orchestral Excerpts, Music Teachers National Association and the Louisiana Flute Society competitions. Recently, he received First Prize in the International Low Flutes Festival Alto Flute Competition in Reston, VA. He has been a featured performer at multiple National Flute Association Conventions and is a featured soloist at the annual New Music on The Bayou Summer Festival. Dr. Dunbar performs internationally and throughout the United States. Performances have included tours throughout Belgium, France, Germany, and the Mid West as a touring counselor and member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program. He has performed in the flute sections of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana, Adrian, Battle Creek, and Dearborn Symphonies, as well as other regional orchestras in both Michigan and Louisiana, including performances in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall as a member of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he appeared as a guest lecturer and performer at the Initiatives Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research “Hands on Flute” conference in Aveiro, Portugal. Prioritizing engagement in the broader community, Brian is a Teaching Artist for the Kids’ Orchestra Honors program and is a member of several dynamic music organizations, including The National Flute Association, Baton Rouge Music Club Auxiliary, Music Teacher’s National Association, the International Isang Yun Society, and is a member of the globally recognized Sphinx Organization, which aims to promote inclusion and diversity in the arts. Since 2013, he has proudly served as secretary on the board of directors for the Louisiana Flute Society. His primary teachers include Susan McQuinn, Amy Porter, and Katherine Kemler. Brian has also received performance guidance from artists such as Julien Beaudiment, Julia Bogorad, Adrian Brett, Leone Buyse, Marianne Gedigian, Michael Hasel, Beate-Gabriela Schmitt, Ransom Wilson and many others.

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