Professor of Saxophone
Director of ChamberMusic@Beall
132 Frohnmayer Music Building
DMA 1983, Wind Performance, University of Michigan
MMus 1977, Wind Performance, University of Michigan
BMus 1975, Ball State University
Brad Foley served as dean and professor of saxophone at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance from September 2002-2018. In fall of 2018, Foley stepped down as dean and returned to teaching and performing full time.
Since his arrival in Oregon, Foley has served on the boards of the Oregon Bach Festival and the Eugene Symphony Orchestra; performed in programs on the UO campus, in Portland and Bend, Oregon; and with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphonic Band, and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. Foley also directs the UO’s prestigious ChamberMusic @Beall concert series.
During his tenure as dean, Foley helped to raise more than $35 million dollars to support the school’s recent and significant building projects, to increase scholarship support for music and dance majors, to endow the ChamberMusic @Beall series, and to support the purchase of new music and technologically-related equipment and instruments.
Foley earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in wind performance from the University of Michigan and the Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Ball State University in music education.
Foley has performed across the United States and Canada in numerous settings as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician playing the saxophone and oboe. Past editor of the Saxophone Symposium and an elected officer of the North American Saxophone Alliance, he has also performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, the New Carolina Sinfonia, the East Texas Symphony, and the Longview (Texas) Symphony. He has presented and performed at meetings of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors as well as the North American Saxophone Alliance and the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Oregon, Foley served as dean and assistant dean of the School of Music at East Carolina University during a 23-year tenure at that institution, and at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He has served as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and was recently re-elected to serve on the NASM Commission on Accreditation beginning in 2020.