Dr. Lorrie Berkshire Brown

Dr. Lorrie Berkshire Brown


Woodwinds Area Coordinator

Adjunct Faculty
Teaching Positions:
  • Class Woodwinds
  • Applied Oboe
  • B.M. Arizona State University
  • M.M. Manhattan School of Music
  • Ed.D. University of Phoenix
Lorrie Berkshire Brown, Ed.D. is the Woodwind Area Coordinator, Adjunct Professor of Oboe, and Adjunct Professor of Class Woodwinds at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior faculty positions have included Associate Instructor of Oboe at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and Instructor of Music at the University of Vermont, the Vermont Conservatory for the Arts, and at Johnson State College. She travels extensively as a performer and clinician having collaborated with top professionals and aspiring young musicians in more than 15 countries on 4 continents. She presented educational development events at Pepperdine University, Colgate University, Arizona State University, Brevard Music Center, Curtis, Temple, Juilliard, Kiev, Lviv, and Odessa Conservatories in Ukraine, Kneller Hall in London, and in Tainan, Taiwan. Her GMU learners (past and present) are often co-producers in such activities. Her studio boasts many accolades and concerto competition winners. Former students are enjoying success as professionals around the globe. Her work as an educator was profiled in Phoenix Focus Magazine (August 2012, Education Edition).
Since 1989, she has been a member of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” from Washington, DC, which is the premier ensemble of the Senior Armed Service responsible for supporting White House, Arlington National Cemetery, and diplomatic functions. She served as the Northern Virginia coordinator for The United States Army Band's Partners in Education (NCLB) initiative, which provided mentors to public schools, and she developed the Army Band’s 2011 Gifted and Talented internship learning-plan. She co-produced Musical Stories for Children of All Ages, combining music, art, dance, literature, and history into live multi-media interactive performances. From 1985-1992, she served as oboist for the New York Philharmonic (substitute) under conductors Zubin Mehta, Eric Leinsdorf, Charles Dutoit, Helmuth Rilling, James Conlon, Joel Levy, and Sam Wong. She has performed with the Washington Philo-Musica, the Grand Teton Music Festival (under Ling Tung), the Philharmonia Virtuosi (under Richard Kapp), the American Composer’s Orchestra (under Dennis Russell Davies), the Stravinsky Project (under Robert Craft), the New York Virtuosi, the American Chamber Orchestra, and the Percy Grainger Society’s Carnegie Hall Series. She can be heard on numerous soundtracks including National Geographic’s Explorer, Escape from Pompeii, and Secrets of the Ocean Realm (the PBS series), and with the Army Band on DVD/online in live performances with Wynonna Judd, Kenny Loggins, Louise Mandrell, Eartha Kitt, and with the rock band Kansas.
As director of the consortium Potentiating Love-Potentiating Leadership®, Dr. Brown served on the leadership development peer-review panels for the 2012 and 2010 International Leadership Association’s (ILA) Global Conferences. She was a selected mentor and research presenter at the 2009 ILA Global Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2012, she was invited to join an ongoing national focus group on women entrepreneurs involved in the U.S. Patent and Trademark process. She was a guest speaker at the 2010 Virginia Doctoral Residency of the School of Advanced Studies-University of Phoenix and she has served on dissertation committees for online doctoral candidates as far away as Cairo, Egypt. A member of the Grounded Theory Institute (and a protégé of the co-creator of the Grounded Theory methodology, Dr. Barney G. Glaser), she was an invited “Troubleshootee” in London, England (Covent Garden, 2008), and in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2007). She was an invited participant of the 2005 Oxford Round Table on Women’s Leadership hosted in England at Oxford University. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recognized her as a Developmentally Influential Educator in 2008. The Virginia Governor’s School (University of Richmond) recognized her as one of Virginia’s Outstanding Educators in 1998.
Lorrie Brown holds the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the School of Advanced Studies-University of Phoenix, and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Joseph Robinson and Tom Stacy of the New York Philharmonic. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University, where she was a student of Maestro Richard Strange and of Phoenix Symphony oboist, Frank Stalzer. Private mentors included Alfred Genovese and Laurence Thorstenberg of the Boston Symphony, Peter Smith of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and flutist, Julius Baker. Long-term coaches included John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra, Stephen Maxim of the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony oboist (under Stokowski) and conductor, Henry Schuman, baroque specialists Kenneth Cooper and Louis Bagger, and Roland Horvath of the Vienna Philharmonic in Austria. Tanglewood provided the direct influence of Leonard Bernstein in 1981 (as did her involvement as a substitute oboist with the New York Philharmonic).
Currently an authorized technician and North American Artist Representative for Howarth of London, she collaborates regularly with Michael Britton, Jeremy Walsworth, Paul Laubin, and David Teitelbaum (all respected amongst the world’s top musical instrument designers). She held full-time apprenticeships with Jon Landell (Landell Flutes) and with Jim Wade (former floor manager of Artley Corporation, Nogales, AZ). She also worked closely with international live-marketing expert Mark Phillips (Thin Air Productions).

Fun facts: She is an avid naturalist, a Phelsuma and Lagomorph expert, and a former Keeper’s Aide at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Dr. Brown stresses whole-health and ethical leadership development in her curriculums. Her husband David Thomas Brown (the solo jazz clarinetist and baritone sax player with The United States Army Blues and the combo Swamp Romp) received a Grammy for his Participation as a Musician on the Best Children’s Album of 2004. The Brown family owns and operates one of America’s longest running summer programs (the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University).

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