Dorian Antipa is the principal bassoonist with the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds, Montana’s premier professional wind quintet. Dorian has performed extensively with orchestras in California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Montana.
He can be heard on multiple wind ensemble recordings released by Naxos and on the Chinook Winds’ recently recorded debut CD, which includes many previously unrecorded works for wind quintet.
Dorian is a passionate teacher and, in addition to private instruction, has served as a visiting professor at the University of Montana 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-MSU.
Since 2017, Dorian has been the bassoon professor at Montana State University in Bozeman. He has maintained a private studio for fifteen years and has had students continue on to play bassoon in universities across the country for some of the most respected teachers of the instrument.
Dorian received a Bachelor of Music in performance from California State University, Sacramento, where he studied with Dr. Lindsey Bartlett. Under the instruction of Marc Goldberg at The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, Dorian earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in bassoon performance with a minor in history.
His interest in music history is
paralleled by a love of historical performance practice and he enjoys exploring early music with his replica of a 17th-century bassoon.
When not playing music, Dorian loves to be active, from skiing and playing hockey in the winter to mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and backpacking when it is warmer. This past summer, Dorian, his wife Emily, and their dog Dennis spent about a month sleeping under the stars as
they continued to explore new areas of Montana on foot.