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Brian Buckley

Musicianship Faculty


B.M. Duquesne University

M.M. Carnegie Mellon University

Brian has been teaching at CMC since 2011. Brian is an adjunct professor in the Mary Pappert School of Music, having served in the musicianship department and now as a composition instructor. As a composer, Brian has composed original musicals, sacred choral works, instrumental pieces and incidental music for theatrical performances. His works have been performed and premiered by various ensembles throughout the area including the Duquesne University Contemporary Ensemble and the Red Masquers. Brian is very proud of his composition students, some of whom have pursued further studies at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Julliard School. As a pianist, keyboardist and organist, Brian works extensively across various genres including musical theater, opera, jazz, rock, country, pop, improv comedy, classical, and sacred, and he has performed in venues of all sizes locally and nationally. He has shared the stage with such notable artists as Sister Sledge, The Temptations, Diamond Rio, Little River Band and Darryl Worley.  Brian has played accordion with Opera Theater Pittsburgh and also for 13 weeks on Froggy Radio as a "country accordionist." Brian played piano in the 2015 film Fathers and Daughters, sharing a scene with Russell Crow and Diane Kruger. Brian is very active in musical theater as a music director, rehearsal pianist, pit musician, and arranger for several local venues and productions including Little Lake Theater and The Center for Theater Arts. Brian is a proud member of the Pittsburgh Musician's Union Local 60-471. Brian also teaches at Sewickley Academy and the Center for Theater Arts

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