Brett Bakalar

Brett B.

New York, NY

About Brett B.

Brett teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2012
Last sign in: Within two months


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.

Photos and Videos

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


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.


Masters of Music

Sep 2011 - May 2013
Manhattan School of Music

Bachelors of Music

Sep 2011 - May 2013
University of Maryland

Languages Spoken


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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2 Reviews on Brett B.

Mori K. Dec 11, 2015
Oboe · In studio
Verified Student
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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