Originally from San Carlos, California, Brian McKee began studying bassoon at age eleven. Brian played principal bassoon with the Peninsula Youth Orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area, and performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the orchestra his final year. He has also performed and recorded in countries across Europe. Now a Master of Music candidate in Bassoon Performance at Arizona State University, Brian plays with the ASU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, bassoon ensemble, and graduate reed quintet.
He studied bassoon with Dr. Steve Vacchi at the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor of Music in Performance in June 2012. Brian played bassoon and contrabassoon with the UO Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Wind Ensemble, and a variety of chamber groups. He has played with established ensembles in Oregon including the Eugene Ballet and the Newport Symphony Orchestra. He also sang baritone and bass with the University Singers, the premier large choral ensemble at the University of Oregon.
An advocate of new music, Brian performs dozens of contemporary works for various ensembles, including world premieres and newly commissioned pieces. He was a member of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group dedicated to twenty-first century works at the UO. He has also worked with members of the wind quintet Imani Winds, and participated in their annual chamber music festival at The Juilliard School in New York City in summer 2012
In addition to performance, Brian enjoys the creative side of event organization and administration, and has worked extensively planning music festivals and contemporary arts events in the community. Brian looks forward to continuing his experiences while studying bassoon with Dr. Albie Micklich at ASU, concentrating his skills as a performer and creative organizer and applying them toward a comprehensive musical study. Aside from music, Brian enjoys bicycling, skiing, traveling, and photography, documenting all of his adventures in pictures.
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