Oboe, Reed Making
Originally from the Atlanta area in Georgia, Brian Skinner moved to North Carolina early in 2012. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of West Georgia where he studied with Lisa Sayre. Brian also holds a master’s degree in oboe performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied under Dr. Ashley Barret.
Through his time at the University of West Georgia Brian was a consistent member of the UWG Wind Symphony as well as the UWG Woodwind Quintet. In 2010 he was selected as a co-winner of the university’s concerto competition, earning the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra. While attending UNCG Brian was a member of both the university orchestra and wind ensemble, both of which are top-level groups. Additionally, he performed with numerous pit orchestras for both on- and off-campus musical productions. Brian was also fortunate to be chosen as one of the oboists for the 2016 UNCG European tour. The ensemble played six concerts throughout Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic, including a performance in the famed Dvořák Concert Hall.
Today Brian freelances throughout the Triad area in addition to serving as substitute oboist for the Western Piedmont Symphony. Brian currently lives in High Point with his wife Alice and son Joel. He is happy to offer playing instruction to students of all ages. Reed making lessons are also available to high school upperclassmen who are interested in continuing their oboe studies in college.