Originally from Northern California, Brian McKee serves as Academic Counselor for Graduate Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music, where he advises graduate students on their degree progress and guides them through their programs. Musically educated as a bassoonist, he is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional wind ensemble based in Dallas, and also a bassoon instructor for the Denton Independent School District. He served as a graduate teaching assistant for the bassoon studio at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he earned a doctor of musical arts and was a fellow of the acclaimed Henry Mancini Institute from 2015-2018. Prior to his positions in Texas and Florida, he was based in Arizona, where he was both a freelance performer and a marketing assistant at Music Celebrations International, an ensemble travel agency that operates concert tours for performing groups all over the world. He has played with a number of performing ensembles including Palm Beach Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Naples Orchestra and Chorus (FL), and has appeared as a substitute with the New World Symphony. Brian is a member of TransAmerican Duo, an emerging bassoon and violin chamber ensemble that he co-founded with his wife, violinist Diana Ramírez Rosales. The duo is committed to performing contemporary and traditional music across the Americas and beyond. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Beta Beta Chapter.
His other recent teaching engagements include bassoon instructor positions at Bocal Majority Double Reed Camp in Texas, a bassoon masterclass with students at the Instituto Nacional de Musica in San José, Costa Rica, as well as other teaching positions at summer camps in South Florida. Recent music festival appearances include the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland (2018), Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas (2015), and the Talis Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland (2014). He can be heard playing the bassoon and contrabassoon on the newly-released album, An Open Book: 25 Preludes for piano and orchestra by Jorge Mejia, which was produced by Sony Music Latin and recently nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy. He is also heard on the album American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom, recently released on BFM Jazz by Grammy-nominee jazz arranger John Daversa. He holds performance degrees from the University of Miami (D.M.A.), Arizona State University (M.M.) and University of Oregon (B.M.), and studied bassoon with Gabriel Beavers, Albie Micklich, and Steve Vacchi.
His doctoral dissertation explores his transcription process of four art songs taken from Franz Schubert’s song cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin, and notes musical similarities paralleling vocal performance and lyrical bassoon playing characteristics.
Aside from music, he enjoys sports, spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking, and photography, and can be found documenting many of his new adventures in pictures.