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Brian G. McKee, D.M.A.

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



Fantastic News!

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 29 April, 2012 at 4:00

I know that I have not posted in quite awhile as I have been extremely busy, but I just wanted to note a few momentous events that have happened recently.

First of all, I performed my senior bassoon recital last weekend on April 21, 2012. The performance took place at historic Beall Concert Hall at the University of Oregon. The program featured a diverse set of solo bassoon works including Pierné's Solo de Concert, Von Koch' s Monolog 5 for Solo Bassoon, Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 498, Bozza's Récit, Sicilienne, et Rondo, and William Hurlstone's fantastic Sonata in F Major for Bassoon and Piano. I was assisted by Mr. Gabriel Coelho, doctoral candidate in piano performance. The performance went fantastically, and I was so lucky to be supported by wonderful family and friends at the event. A reception with refreshments followed, and then I went to dinner with my family, my girlfriend Madeline, and her parents. It was wonderful to spend this gorgeous weekend with my family, and we hiked Spencer Butte, a state park outside of Eugene the following day. 

Second, I am excited to announce that I have made a decision on where to attend graduate school next fall. I will be going to Tempe, Arizona to study with Dr. Albie Micklich at Arizona State University for my Masters Degree in Performance starting in August. This was a very difficult yet exciting decision for me, and I am thrilled to find out what may be in store for me as I begin my graduate studies at ASU. The Phoenix area is a diverse and vibrantly dynamic center for the peforming arts, and I am very excited to be a part of the wonderful artistic community in the valley of the sun. It will be quite a change from the cooler climate of western Oregon, though as Californian I don't mind the sun, and I look forward to the change! Preparations are already under way, including housing and potential roommate searches, employment, and practicing for ensemble auditions and masters recital. I already received next years orchestral audition excertps, so I have plenty of time to practice!

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