Instructor of Clarinet
An enthusiast of the rarely-heard basset horn, Christopher explores repertoire from both past and present, discovering new and innovative ways to make use of its dark, velvety tone. Together with his colleagues from the Great Falls Symphony, he released a CD album reimagining the works of Mozart and Byrd in a never-before-heard combination of instruments, grouping the basset horn with english horn and bassoon.
As an orchestral musician, Christopher has performed on both sides of the Atlantic under the baton of some of the world’s premier conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Hugh Wolff, and Tito Muñoz. His duo concerto performance of Mendelssohn’s Konzertstücke No.1 with the Royal College of Music Philharmonic earned him and his partner the school’s Savage Club Prize for “Best Concerto Performance”, and since then he has performed Mendelssohn’s masterwork with the String Orchestra of the Rockies and Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet professor at the University of Montana. In a special collaboration sponsored by the Grammys, he performed in the Berklee Symphony Orchestra with DJ Premier in the SXSW Film Festival selection, Re:Generation, redefining the classical music genre by mixing it with hip-hop and electronic music.
Christopher performs regularly with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys a life of teaching in the West Georgia area. In addition to serving as a woodwind instructor for the CSO's Music Academy, he enjoys working with the students of the Carrollton City Schools and the Carroll County School System in group and 1-on-1 lessons.
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