Adjunct faculty


Brian French is the principal trombonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and has performed as soloist numerous times, most recently in October 2019 with his section colleagues in Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto and in a December 2020 “pandemic era” online performance of Beethoven’s Drei Equali. He is also the principal trombonist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and previously held principal positions in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago—the training program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Brian has performed regionally with many orchestras, including those of Asheville, Charlotte, and Roanoke, the North Carolina Symphony, and the North Carolina Opera as guest trombonist, tenor tubist, and bass trumpeter. His summer festival experience includes the Bravo! Festival in Vail, Colorado, the Eastern Music Festival in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University and counts Frank Crisafulli, Jay Friedman, and Arthur Linsner among his primary teachers. He joined the music faculty of Wake Forest University in 2008 having earlier taught at Davidson College.

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