Flute: Brian Dunbar

Dr. Brian Dunbar is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University, Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University. Previously held teaching positions include Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at Southern University and A&M College, Lecturer of Flute at Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Louisiana State University.

Recent solo engagements include performances of “Movements” for Flute and Orchestra by Carlos Simon with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere), North Mississippi Symphony, Arkansas Philharmonic, and Texarkana Symphony. He has been recognized in numerous national and international competitions and has performed and presented at The National Flute Association Annual Conventions in Chicago, San Diego, Orlando, and Salt Lake City.

Dr. Dunbar has participated in performances internationally and throughout the United States. Appearances have included U.S. & European orchestral tours and appearances as a guest lecturer and performer at the Initiatives Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research “Hands on Flute” conference in Aveiro, Portugal. He has performed in the flute sections of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Festival Orchestra, Phoenix Orchestra (Boston), Louisiana Philharmonic, Acadiana Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and Sphinx Symphony Orchestras.

He is also a member of several dynamic music organizations, including serving as a found member and Chair of the Umoja Flute Institute,  The National Flute Association’s Board of Directors and Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Music Teacher’s National Association, National Association for Music Educators, New York State School Music Association, and is a member of the globally recognized Sphinx Organization, which aims to promote inclusion and diversity in the arts.

His teachers include Susan McQuinn, Amy Porter, and Katherine Kemler. He has also received performance guidance from multiple performing artists including Julien Beaudiment, Julia Bogorad, Adrian Brett, Leone Buyse, Marianne Gedigian, Michael Hasel, Beate-Gabriela Schmitt, and Ransom Wilson. 

Learn more at www.briandunbarflute.com