Dr. Oliver Barrett is a trombonist from Houston, Texas, who joined his middle school band program and never looked back. During his summers, Dr. Barrett has been a fellow at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra. After completing his master’s degree, Oliver served as second trombone with the Finnish Radio Symphony, led by Hannu Lintu, in the 2015–16 season, and as a guest principal trombonist with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Barrett has taught for the Harmony Program in New York and as a Music Advancement Program and Morse Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School, and competed as a finalist in the International Trombone Association’s Louis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize. Oliver recently completed a two-year fellowship as a member of Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall and will begin his doctoral studies at Stony Brook University in the fall of 2018. He is currently the trombone instructor at George Jackson Academy and a member of the “superb” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) brass sextet The Brass Project. He is co-founder of MOD Brass, an ensemble with a modular instrumentation that is dedicated to performing exclusively new works for brass.
Dr. Barrett received his DMA from Stony Brook University. His master of music degree is from The Juilliard School and his bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, both under the mentorship of Per Brevig.