Dorian Antipa is the principal bassoonist with the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds. Mr. Antipa has performed extensively with orchestras in California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Montana. He can be heard on multiple wind ensemble recordings released by Naxos and the Chinook Winds’ debut CD, which includes three previously unrecorded works for wind quintet.
Dorian is a passionate teacher who enjoys working with musicians of all ages and abilities. For four years, he regularly made the long drive to Bozeman where he was the bassoon professor at Montana State University. Mr. Antipa previously served as a visiting professor at the University of Montana in Missoula and the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in California. He has also taught at the Hartt Community Division in Connecticut, the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts in Illinois, and Great Falls College. With more than 15 years of experience, Dorian continues to maintain a robust private studio of local bassoon students.
Having earned a band instrument repair degree in Red Wing, MN, Dorian is the owner of Big Sky Bassoon, a full service woodwind and brasswind repair shop.
Chamber music has always been a passion, with the music from two extremes–the baroque and contemporary–of primary interest. In service of the latter, Dorian is half of DuoXylo, a recently formed bassoon and percussion duo, which has commissioned three new works from a diverse group of composers, to be premiered this season at the Festival of New American Music in California. Watch for future DuoXylo events coming to a venue closer to home in Montana!
Mr. Antipa studied at California State University, Sacramento, and the Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater, where degrees earned include a Doctor of Musical Arts in bassoon performance with a minor in history.
Dorian is thrilled to call Montana home with his wife, Emily, and their dog, Dennis. They love to be active year-round: skiing, playing hockey, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and backpacking.