B.Mus., M.Mus., DMA
Suzuki Level 1 Teacher Training
Credit, Strings Faculty;
Off-Campus Instructor, Strings
Dean O’Brien earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Before moving to Calgary, Dr. O’Brien served as principal viola of the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Victoria Bach Festival and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and has played with the Austin, San Antonio, Albany, NY and Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestras as well as the Colorado Music Festival. An active chamber musician, Dean is the violist of the UCalgary String Quartet and has performed with many leading chamber musicians including Anton Kuerti, Andrew Dawes, David Harding, Kai Gleusteen, Ian Swensen and Giles Apap. Dean currently teaches at Mount Royal Conservatory and the University of Calgary and is Principal Viola of the Red Deer Symphony, a member of the Kensington Sinfonia and Artistic Director of the Calgary Pro Musica Society.