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Dr Paul Chinen, oboe

Dr. Paul Alan Chinen is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Western Illinois University and Associate Principal Oboe in the Helena Symphony. Previous engagements include Principal Oboe in the Great Falls Symphony, member of the Chinook Winds Woodwind quintet, 2nd oboe with the Miami, Palm Beach, New World, Greenville (SC) and Florida Grand Opera Orchestras.  

During the summer months Paul has performed in festivals across the country and abroad from Canada to Sarajevo and taught at various summer music camps. 

He can be heard playing principal oboe on two NAXOS albums - Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F - National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and Gottsch: Sunset - Princess Yurievskaya - South Florida Symphony Orchestra. 

Dorian Antipa, bassoon

Dorian Antipa, originally from Northern California, has been slowly working his way back West after having lived in Hartford and Chicago. Now living in Great Falls, Dorian is excited to join the Chinook Winds and Great Falls Symphony. He has studied with Dr. Lindsey Bartlett, Marc Goldberg, Nicolassa Kuster, and Frank Morelli. Dorian holds a BM in performance from California State University, Sacramento, as well as a MM and a DMA in bassoon performance from the Hartt School. As a freelance bassoonist, Dorian has performed extensively with orchestras in California, Connecticut, and Illinois. He is also a passionate chamber musician of both early and contemporary music and, in collaboration with three colleagues at the Hartt School, won the school’s 2014 Concerto Competition performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. In addition to Dorian’s activity as a performer, he is also a passionate teacher of bassoon and chamber music and has served on faculty with the Hartt Community Division in Connecticut and the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts in Illinois. He is also a teaching guest at the University of Montana and, in the past, joined the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in California as a visiting professor. Dorian is excited to continue to develop his ability on baroque bassoon and bike around a new part of the country.

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