Brett Bakalar

Brett B.

New York, NY

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Brett delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2012

Oboist Brett B. has freelanced as an orchestral and chamber musician, and as a soloist throughout the NY/NJ Tri-State area and the DC Metro Area. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Distinguished Concerts International-New York and in the Broadway production of Cinderella. He has performed in venues throughout the United States and abroad, including the Alice Tully Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cork City Hall (Ireland), and the Beijing Concert Hall.

Brett is currently a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music's MSM Sunday program. He has also taught in the MSM’s Distance Learning program where he taught students in Nebraska via web telecom. His students have gone on to participate in All-State ensembles.

Brett B. earned his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland. His primary teachers include Robert Botti, Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Mark Hill and Lynne Cohen.

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Feelance Musician
Nov 2009 - Present

Performed throughout the United States, Canada and China. Venues include New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Beijing Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), and in the Broadway Production of Cinderella.

Teaching Artist
Feb 2012 - Aug 2015
Manhattan School of Music

Teaching Artist in the Manhattan School of Music's MSM Sunday program. Prior taught at MSM's Distance Learning program teaching students in Nebraska via web telecom. Students have performed in All-State and Honors orchestras.

Teaching Artist
Feb 2013 - Jul 2014
Manhattan School of Music - Distance Learning

Taught students in Nebraska via videoconference.


Bachelors of Music
Sep 2011 - May 2013
University of Maryland
Masters of Music
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Manhattan School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Manhattan School of Music Scholarship
Sep 2011
Manhattan School of Music
Smith Scholarship
Sep 2007
University of Maryland
Governor's School of the Arts Scholar
Jul 2006
State of New Jersey


International Double Reed Society
May 2006

The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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Photos & Videos

Performing Joseph Schwanter's Black Anemones during my Masters Recital at the Manhattan School of Music.
Photo by Brett B.

Performing Handel's Creation at the Manhattan School of Music.
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2 Reviews

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Mori K. Dec 11, 2015
Oboe · In studio

Patient instructor

Caitlyn P. Jan 11, 2015
Oboe · Online

Brett was thorough and patient with me. He explained the oboe embouchure in a way that really made sense to me. I would absolutely take another lesson from him again!

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