Paul Chinen


Paul Chinen joined the Great Falls Symphony as Principal Oboist and newest member of the Chinook Winds in 2019. 

Previously, he 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 received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami Frost School of Music 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 and a Bachelor of Music from George Mason University, where he also studied saxophone. 

During the summer months, Paul performed across the United States and abroad as a part of many 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, Hawaii. 

Originally from Honolulu, and coming to Great Falls after most recently residing in Miami, Florida, Paul hadn’t experienced a cold winter season. He enjoyed his first “real” winter in Montana and got on the ice to play hockey.

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