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Regional Chapters Self Nominations 2024
Apr 09

Your NameChristian Tran
Pronouns (optional):he/him/his
IDRS Member EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
Home/Work Address1962 N Elderbery Dr., Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Regional ChapterSouthwest
  • Secretary
  • Any Vacant Position
I have been a member of IDRS:1-5 years
My interests are with the following instrument(s):
  • Oboe
  • English Horn
Statement of Interest

As an active educator and performer, I am deeply committed to nourishing the double reed community in the Southwest region. As a young oboist, I benefited greatly from my double reed mentors, friends, and community, so I know how impactful institutions like this can be. As a student, IDRS gave me a venue to share and perform my research on Vietnamese oboe music. Through this opportunity, I’ve been able to build many connections and bridge the gap between my identities as a person and as a performer. This is just one example of how this community has affected my career as a musician. If given the opportunity, I would be honored to bring my dedication, organization, and perspective to this regional chapter as a board member to help our double reed players make connections and find opportunities that lead to fulfilling musical experiences.

Brief Biography

Christian Tran is the Assistant Professor of oboe at Brigham Young University. As a performer, he has performed in a variety of venues, from casinos in Las Vegas, to cafes in Hanoi, to elementary school classrooms in Jersey City, to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. While in New York City, he worked with many notable ensembles, such as Protestra, the New Amsterdam Opera, the Garden State Philharmonic, and the Musicians Club of New York to name a few. As a chamber musician, Christian performs regularly with the BYU faculty woodwind quintet, Orpheus Winds, as well as with his oboe and clarinet duo, Duo from the Heights.

A fierce supporter of fellow Vietnamese musicians, Christian has extensively researched, catalogued, and performed oboe repertoire by Vietnamese composers. Christian also advocates regularly for new music and has premiered or commissioned works by many composers, including Alexandros Darna, David Ashton, and Judith Shatin.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor of Oboe at Brigham Young University, Christian taught undergraduate oboe students and chamber music at Stony Brook University. He additionally has taught at the Marymount School of New York and the Vietnam National Academy of Music Pre-College. He maintains a diverse private studio where he loves to teach musicians of all ages and abilities.

Christian holds degrees from Stony Brook University (DMA), Manhattan School of Music (MM), and Brigham Young University (BM). His primary teachers include James Austin Smith, Stephen Taylor, Geralyn Giovannetti, and Martin Radunz.