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.
Paul recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami Frost School of Music studying with Robert Weiner, where he was a graduate teaching assistant and fellow in the Henry Mancini Institute. Previous degrees include a Master of Music from the Lynn Conservatory of Music studying with Joseph Robinson, and a Bachelor of Music from George Mason University studying with Lorrie Berkshire Brown where he also studied Saxophone working with Richard Parrell and Ed Fraderich. Other musical influences and teachers include Sherry Sylar, Roger Cole, Jared Hauser, Jeff Rathbun, John Ferillo and Robert Walters.
During the summer months, Paul has performed and across the United States and abroad as a part of many various music festivals including the Kent Blossom Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Hot Springs Music Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler, Talis Music Festival, and various others. He also has taught at the Pacific Music Institute in Honolulu, HI.
Originally from Honolulu, and most recently residing in Miami, FL, Paul is excited to be moving to Great Falls to experience a real winter season. He is excited to go hiking, learn how to ski and play hockey.