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Brian J. Thacker

Instructor in Music
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Education

B.M. Boston Conservatory

M.M. Yale University

Biography

Mr. Thacker has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Scandinavia with Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, the Hawaii Symphony and the Sarasota Opera. Guest engagements include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Washington National Opera. He joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra bass section in 2013 and serves as a teaching artist in their Music Explorers program, which embeds musicians within the community using music as an educational device in early childhood development.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Thacker has collaborated with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain while in residence at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and with members of the Borromeo and Dover Quartets.

As an educator, he has taught applied lessons in the Boston Youth Symphony’s Intensive Community Program and at Fitchburg State University, and is currently on the faculty at Gordon College and Phillips Exeter Academy.