Jesse Barrett
Associate Principal Oboe
Jesse Barrett is a San Francisco Bay Area native who grew up in Pleasant Hill, CA. He currently plays oboe and English horn for the Santa Rosa Symphony, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and One Found Sound, and is happy to have played with most Bay Area ensembles including San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and New Century Chamber Orchestra.

In 2016, Mr. Barrett played in the inaugural season of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. As a soloist, he has enjoyed performing a range of repertoire from Handel's G Minor concerto, to Copland's Quiet City, to Costa Rican composer Benjamin Gutiérrez's Sketches for Oboe and Strings, to a recent commission by Sahba Aminikia, Shahmaran, where he also narrated.

Mr. Barrett is an avid chamber musician and new music enthusiast, and has always been involved in performing arts education. He has taught students of all ages from Cazadero Performing Arts Camp to serving as faculty at University of the Pacific, San José State University, California State University Stanislaus, and Dominican University. He frequently gets involved in musical start-ups like San Francisco's conductor-less chamber orchestra One Found Sound, and is a co-director of the wind octet Nomad Session. Jesse is also a passionate singer, often performing at his favorite piano bar, cabaret venues, and has hosted numerous events as an emcee, oboist, singer, and actor. He has shared the stage with a wide variety of performers, including but not limited to Dave Brubeck, Andrea Bocelli, Chicago, and Third Eye Blind.

Mr. Barrett studied with Thomas Nugent at 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.