Dr. Brian Dunbar, a native of St. Augustine, FL, enjoys performing as a soloist, orchestral performer, and chamber musician, in addition to his activities as an instructor. He earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Louisiana State University & A&M College, a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University. Dr. Dunbar is the Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at Southern University and A&M College and Lecturer of Flute at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Brian has considerable experience as a performer in settings of professional performance including concerto, recital, chamber, solo, studio, and orchestral contexts. He has been recognized in the 2017 Monroe Symphony League Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists, Stetson University and Louisiana State University Concerto, Sankyo Flutes Orchestral Excerpts, Music Teachers National Association and the Louisiana Flute Society competitions. In 2018, he received First Prize in the International Low Flutes Festival Alto Flute Competition in Reston, VA. He has performed at The National Flute Association Annual Conventions in Chicago, San Diego, and Orlando. Additionally, he is a featured collaborator at the annual New Music on The Bayou Summer Festival in Rutson, LA.
Brian has participated in performances internationally and throughout the United States. Appearances have included U.S. & European tours as a touring counselor and member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program. He has performed in the flute sections of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana, 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. Brian has appeared twice as a guest lecturer and performer at the Initiatives Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research "Hands on Flute" conference in Aveiro, Portugal.
Prioritizing engagement in the broader community, Brian is a former Teaching Artist and Development Officer for Kids' Orchestra, an El-Sistema inspired non-profit organization in Baton Rouge, LA. He is also a member of several dynamic music organizations, including The National Flute Association’s Cultural Outreach Committee, Music Teacher’s National Association, and is a member of the globally recognized Sphinx Organization, which aims to promote inclusion and diversity in the arts. Brian currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Flute Society, Treasurer for the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge, and President of the Baton Rouge Music Club Auxiliary.
His primary teachers include Susan McQuinn, Amy Porter, and Katherine Kemler. Brian has also 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.