Music – Mandolin
Brian Oberlin is a singing multi-instrumentalist originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He first played music in grade school, beginning with alto saxophone and the later the drums. Soon thereafter, he picked up the guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, and other instruments. The mandolin quickly prevailed as Brian’s primary instrument. For the past twelve years, he has taught hundreds of students of all skill levels and ages on the mandolin, as well as beginners on guitar and tenor banjo, both privately and in dozens of workshops each year all over the United States. Brian is the founder of the River of the West Mandolin Camp, the first of its kind in the Portland area and an annual event. His personal music education is fueled by public libraries, hundreds of books, playing, and listening. Being self-taught has significantly heightened and refined Brian’s teaching techniques.
In addition to teaching, Brian has toured and performed throughout the United States with award-winning, Michigan-based band, Grasshoppah, and currently with Ida Viper, a three-piece western swing and bluegrass band in Portland. He performs frequently as a solo act, delving into his original material and songs that have inspired him throughout his music career.