Bio - Pierce Griffith O'Brien

About Pierce

Pierce O’Brien is an artist, teacher and conductor in the Piedmont Triad area. A graduate of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, he aspires to work with orchestras nationwide. He currently serves as Drum Major Tech and Music Consultant for the Atkins High School Marching Caravan, and Music Intern and Assistant Conductor at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kernersville. Pierce is an experienced music teacher and maintains a private studio where he specializes in low brass and beginning piano.

In fact, Pierce’s own passion for music started with beginning piano at the age of 7. In middle school he first chose trombone but eagerly switched to tuba when there was need in the band. He quickly placed highly in many competition ensembles and even won principal tuba of the NC All-State Orchestra two years in a row. Selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, Pierce received his high school diploma with a concentration in tuba.

Pierce’s love for and commitment to his art has brought him to institutes such as Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Brevard Music Center—where Maestro Ken Lam first gave him the opportunity to conduct an orchestra. Since, he has studied under Robin Fountain, Emelyne Bingham, and currently works with highly esteemed conductor and Piedmont Triad local Peter Perret.

While music is Pierce’s first love, he also enjoys backpacking, skiing, golf, mixed martial arts, visual arts, ballet, and watching NBC’s The Good Place.