Originally from Northern California, Dr. Brian McKee is principal bassoonist of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, and is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra in Dallas, Texas. He is also a bassoon instructor for the Denton (Texas) Independent School District. He serves on staff at the University of North Texas College of Music where he began his appointment as Academic Counselor for Graduate Studies in 2018. He has played with a number of performing institutions including the Richardson Symphony (TX), Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the New World Symphony (FL), the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble, and the Verde Valley Sinfonietta (AZ). Brian is a founding member of TransAmerican Duo, an emerging bassoon and violin chamber ensemble that he co-founded with his wife, violinist Diana Ramírez Rosales. The duo is committed to performing contemporary and traditional music across the Americas and beyond. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Beta Beta Chapter.
His recent teaching engagements include masterclasses and guest artist appearances at Festival de Música Orquestal (FESMO) in Mexico, the University of Texas at Arlington, Bocal Majority Double Reed Camp in Texas, and Centro Nacional de Musica in San José, Costa Rica, as well as other teaching positions at summer camps in Texas and South Florida. Other recent music festival appearances include the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, and the Talis Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He can be heard on the Grammy-winning album American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom (Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album - 2019), recently released on BFM Jazz by John Daversa. He is also heard on the newly-released album An Open Book: 25 Preludes for Piano and Orchestra by Jorge Mejia, produced by Sony Music Latin and nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy. He holds performance degrees from the University of Miami (D.M.A.), Arizona State University (M.M.) and University of Oregon (B.M.), and studied bassoon with Gabriel Beavers, Albie Micklich, and Steve Vacchi.
His doctoral essay, "A Pedagogical Exploration of Selected Art Songs by Franz Schubert Transcribed for Bassoon" explores his transcription process of four art songs taken from Franz Schubert’s song cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin, and notes musical similarities paralleling vocal performance and lyrical bassoon playing characteristics.
Aside from music, he enjoys sports, spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking, and photography, and can be found documenting many of his new adventures in pictures.
Brian's primary professional services:
- Large and small ensemble section playing (bassoon/contrabassoon, all parts)
- Chamber music (section or featured solo playing)
- Private and group bassoon lessons (in home, at school, or online)
- Chamber music coaching (any ensemble)
- Basic music theory (classroom or tutoring)
- Poster design or other promotional assistance with artistic events