Jesse Barrett is a San Francisco Bay Area native who grew up in Pleasant Hill. He currently plays oboe and English horn for the Santa Rosa Symphony, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Napa Valley, and principal oboe for Townsend Opera Players, and Merced Symphony where he has been a soloist on multiple occasions. Mr. Barrett has recently been a soloist with the Pacific Chamber Orchestra where he played Handel’s G-minor concerto and with conductor-less chamber orchestra One Found Sound as well as Symphony Napa Valley, both where he was featured playing Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City” respectively. Last year, he played in the inaugural season of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico and plays regularly with many California and Nevada ensembles.
Mr. Barrett is an avid chamber musician, new music enthusiast, and teacher, and was recently appointed as a lecturer in oboe at California State University at Stanislaus. He frequently finds himself involved in musical start-ups like One Found Sound, teaching at music camps, making school visits, recording new music, and collaborating on solo and chamber concerts. He also is an avid runner and singer, frequently finding himself behind the mic at his favorite piano bar, and occasionally even cabaret venues. Mr. Barrett studied with Thomas Nugent at the University of the Pacific where he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and thereafter obtained a Master of Music from Boston University where he studied with Laura Ahlbeck and was inducted as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.