Dean Oaks – Second Trumpet

Dean Oaks is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and holds a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the Eastman School of Music where he received the Sidney Meer trumpet prize.  He is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has pursued graduate level studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Boston University, and Mannes School of Music.

Most recently, he was an American Brass Quintet @ Aspen fellow and was scheduled to attend the American Bach Soloist Academy for the summers of 2021 and 2020.  He has also attended the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina where he performed with both the student and faculty orchestra.  Currently he is a regular member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Flower City Brass, of which he is a co-founder. He also performs with Kollective 366 and Fensgate Chamber Players.

Dean is a passionate chamber musician and is currently active with the Flower City Brass quintet. Flower City was the only American ensemble invited to compete live at the Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition.  The quintet has been apart of the American Brass Quintet @ Aspen, Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy, and the Brass im Frakenwald-Haus Marteau festivals as fellows, attendees, and featured performers. Flower City Brass has been featured with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and were featured performers at the ElectroBrass Conference. From 2013-2014, Dean was also a member and co-founder of the Elemental Brass Quintet. This brass quintet was created to host a free summer music program titled “Summer Brass Bash” in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dean has performed, toured, and recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble with whom he premiered and recorded Jeff Tyzik’s Images.  He has also toured with the Eastman Philharmonia and Renee Fleming, where the ensemble premiered Kevin Puts’ piece Letters From Georgia. During this time period, Dean performed in the inaugural concert of the Upstate Brass Band as the soprano cornetist and the New England Brass Band.

As an educator, Dean has been an artist in residence at multiple universities across the United States teaching chamber music, modern trumpet pedagogy, and historical trumpet performance practice.  Dean has also been an instructor at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA, Wallace Collection’s Discovering Brass Project, and the Eastman Community School of Music.

As a soloist and contemporary music enthusiast, Dean has performed and competed with works such as Luciano Berio’s Sequenza X, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sonata and Litany for a Ruined Chapel between Sheep and Shore and Robert Henderson’s Variation Movements.  Most recently he was a featured soloist with the Portland State University Wind Ensemble. He has also a featured performer with the UNCSA chamber music orchestra.  Dean has been a semifinalist and placed at multiple competitions including the National Trumpet Competition, North America Brass Band Association, University of Kentucky/Greensboro Trumpet Festival, and International Trumpet Guild Youth Solo Competition.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony typically performs 8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as the city’s annual Independence concert with fireworks. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, after school strings and summer music camps.

This organization is supported in part by a space grant from the BB&T Term Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

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