Background, professional training and performance history
Christopher has been playing music for 12 years. He began by playing the clarinet, and after a few years switched to saxophone. After moving to Washington, he began studying privately in Seattle with Tracy Knoop.
During his time at the University of Oregon, he studied saxophone under Idit Shner, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He performed extensively with the University of Oregon’s Garter Bands, specializing in the funk genre, as well as playing classical saxophone in the Oregon Wind Ensemble. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Oregon.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
“Music is a language that transcends borders. It is one of the few ways people of many nationalities, religious orientations, and ages can communicate. I teach music because I believe that everyone can make music. In the words of Victor Hugo, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to ignore.” Most of all, music is something that can be pursued and shared for a lifetime, and I would like to open any and all doors you would like opened in this venue."
Instruments & classes taught
Christopher teaches saxophone, flute, and clarinet to an intermediate-advanced level. In addition to classical music, Christopher is experienced in the jazz and funk idioms. he accepts musicians, young and old.