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Brian G. McKee, D.M.A.

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



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, a Moosmann Model 200E, from Justin Miller of Miller Marketing Company ( It's a wonderful instrument that responds well, has a rich, resonant tone, and really sings. I'm playing it a little every day right now, and I can't wait to get started playing it with an ensemble. I will take a trip to Switzerland next month to play in the first annual Talis Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, directed by Scott Pool and Maria Wildhaber, both bassoonists. It will be a packed two weeks of chamber music, and I'm tentatively planning to venture to Southern Germany after the festival is over, to see the country and maybe visit Bernd Moosmann's bassoon factory.

Right now is a time of transition for me. I continue to work part-time for Music Celebrations, who is in the middle of their busy tour season handling dozens of groups going on tour this summer all over the world. Hats off to my colleagues both here in Arizona and abroad making this happen. To read about some of our most recent projects and festivals at MCI, click here. I'm also trying to keep up my chops by practicing orchestral excerpts every day, preparing for auditions that may come up at any time. Teaching is going well too, but I could always take more students, both for my experience and your learning benefit. For information about studying with me, see my studio page.

As summer comes, staying in a routine is important. Even if things slow down, I know that if I just keep working toward something, be it a tricky passage in a piece of music, a reed, or a job application. Then I know that I'm getting something done for the day. I'll follow up on a seperate post about this later. Off to Oregon in a couple weeks for my brother Kyle's graduation from the University of Oregon, where I did my undegraduate work. He'll be graduating with two degrees in Journalism and Cinema studies. Check out his stuff- it's really, really nicely done!

All for now- here's to progress, new direction, and some well-deserved relaxation. Congratulations Class of 2014.

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