Brian Dunbar, a native of St. Augustine, FL, has enjoyed performing as a soloist, orchestral performer, and chamber musician, in addition to his activities as a student and instructor. Brian is currently a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University, studying with Dr. Katherine Kemler and is on faculty at Southern University and A&M College where he serves as Professor of Woodwinds. He received a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, with Amy Porter and a Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, with Susan McQuinn.
Brian has had considerable experience as a performer in virtually all aspects of professional performance including concerto, recital, chamber, solo, studio, and orchestral contexts. He has received awards in several competitions including the Stetson University Concerto Competition, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Staff Solo Competition, Louisiana State University Concerto Competition, Sankyo FlutesOrchestral Excerpts Competition, and the Solo Masterclass, Orchestral Excerpt, and Piccolo Masterclass Competitions of the Louisiana Flute Society.
Brian has performed Internationally and throughout the United States in both chamber and orchestral settings. Performances have included tours throughout Belgium, France, Germany, and the United States as a touring member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program. He has performed in the flute sections of the Adrian, Battle Creek, and Dearborn Symphonies, as well as other regional orchestras in both Michigan and Louisiana, including performances in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall as a member of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.
Prioritizing engagement in the greater community, Brian is a member of several dynamic music organizations including; The National Flute Association, Music Teacher’s National Association, the International Isang Yun Society, and is a member of the internationally recognizedSphinx Organization. Brian proudly serves on the board of directors of the Louisiana Flute Society as Secretary and Assistant Festival Coordinator. Most recently he has been named an Artistic Associate of Flutistry Boston, a widely known flute related artistic consulting firm based in Boston, MA.
Brian has received performance guidance from artists such as Julien Beaudiment, Julia Bogorad, Adrian Brett, Leone Buyse, Marianne Gedigian, Michael Hasel, Beate-Gabriela Schmitt, Ransom Wilson and many others.