Bio - Pierce Griffith O'Brien


Pierce O’Brien is a conductor, tubist and teacher. Pierce’s  love of music started with piano lessons at the age of 7. In middle school he first picked up the trombone before settling on tuba. He placed highly in many competition bands and orchestras before being accepted to North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Matt Ransom and received his high school diploma with a concentration in tuba. As an alumnus of Brevard Music Center and Sewanee Summer Music Festival, he has played under esteemed conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Robert Moody, Yaniv Danur, and many others.

Pierce graduated from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and plans to pursue a graduate degree in conducting. He studied jazz improvisation and theory with Ryan Middagh and has written several jazz compositions. His primary teachers are Gilbert Long and Emelyne Bingham. He has experience teaching tuba and other low brass and is seeking to build his own studio. He sings in the West End United Methodist Choir and is an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Outside of music, Pierce has many interests such as backpacking, alpine skiing, martial arts, Nintendo games and solving all different kinds of Rubik’s cubes.