Dr Paul Chinen, oboe

Recently appointed principal oboist of the Great Falls Symphony, Dr. Paul Alan Chinen enjoys a diverse musical career. Prior to joining the Great Falls Symphony and Chinook Winds, Paul held the position of 2nd oboe with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and 2nd oboe/english horn with the Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera Orchestra. During his time in Miami, Paul also performed with the Miami City Ballet, Symphony of the Americas, and the New World Symphony, where he was a finalist in 2016. Outside of Florida, Paul has performed with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, and Fairfax Symphony, among others.

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.