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Brian G. McKee, D.M.A.

Bassoonist | Teacher | Academic Counselor | Ensemble Performer | Recitals | Reed Making | Freelance Music Consulting



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DMA Recital No. 3!

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 30 October, 2017 at 18:20

Monday, November 6, 2018! I will be performing a program of solo and chamber music for bassoon, including Jenni Brandon's Colored Stones, Ludwig Thuille's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, and Mozart's iconic Concerto in B-flat for bassoon and orchestra, K.191. I am so excited to be sharing the stage with some of my good friends and colleagues at Frost who have contributed so much to my musical development here. 

Admission for this event is free, and will be liv...

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Summer 2017 Update

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 24 July, 2017 at 0:05

It has been quite some time since I updated the content of my website, but summer is here and it's time for a revamp. The second year of my doctoral degree program flew by, and I'm in the middle of preparing for my third and final year. A few things have happend this year, including getting engaged(!) to the love of my life, Diana, teaching music at several summer camps in Florida and Texas, writing the beginning stages of my DMA essay, and as always, practicing for my next season of performa...

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My First DMA Recital

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 2 February, 2016 at 1:05


Thank you to everyone who attended my first DMA bassoon recital, Eclectic Dreams, featuring the talents of pianist Nicholas Tagab and clarinetist Annabelle Inhyung Hwang. We performed a variety of bassoon chamber works from the Romantic era to the 21st century. In the midst of recital season, I wish everyone at UM and other institutions a happy season of performing!

Now t...

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The Big Move

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 12 August, 2015 at 23:35

As many already know, I have just moved from Arizona to Miami, Florida to begin pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. While it was a bit difficult to leave Arizona, my friends and colleagues in Phoenix and ASU, and my way of life on the west coast, I'm looking forward to being immersed in the progressive, wildly creative environment at the UM Frost School, and becoming involved in the vibrant community here.

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The Bassoon - FAQ!

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 6 October, 2014 at 12:55

As a bassoonist, I get a lot of frequently asked questions about the instrument I play, what it looks like, and how it sounds. Because it is one of the more unique woodwind instruments, this is a great topic to address for many reasons, and I hope others may refer to my new page- Bassoon FAQ!

Studio Promotion!

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 5 October, 2014 at 3:35

Arizona music students, prospective bassoonists, colleagues, educators, and friends! Do you know a bassoonist, someone wanting to learn to play the bassoon, or want to learn to play yourself? Are you interested in improving your chamber music skills? Consider a private or group lesson with me, and read more about my bassoon studio!

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New Promotional Photos

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 29 September, 2014 at 17:40

Earlier this summer at the Talis Festival in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, I had the opportunity to work with bassoonist Scott Pool, Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Texas at Arlington. Not only did we work together as musicians at the festival, but we also did a quick photo shoot with the help of the beautful, natural surroundings in Saas-Fee, resulting in a whole new set of professional photos for me!

Thank ...

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Keeping Up Practicing in the 'Real World'

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 2 June, 2014 at 18:40

Now that school is done for now and I'm all graduated, this blog post by saxophonist and fellow UO graduate Kate Haller is extremely relevant for me. As a muscian who majored in performance in college and graduate school, Kate talks about keeping up on practicing while holding down a job not necessarily related to your instrument or field of study. The practice incentive game might be my favorite...I may have to start doing this! Th...

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New Transitions

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 2 June, 2014 at 2:15

Several weeks ago, I completed my Master's Degree in Bassoon Performance from Arizona State University. It was a jam-packed journey, but went by rather quickly, and made lots of friends and connections in the process. Not to mention I got so much better at playing the bassoon. I would like to thank my professor, Dr. Albie Micklich for his continued mentorship, as well as my family and close friends for their constant support. 

I also recently just bought a new bassoon,&...

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Bassoon Lessons in Phoenix!

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 4 October, 2013 at 17:10

Arizona folks: I am now happy to teach bassoon students in the Tempe and Phoenix areas! Please contact me about your interest or feel free to pass on this announcement to any interested music educators, students and parents. Thank you!