Christopher Hamlen

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Christopher Hamlen


DSO member since 2017

Chris joined the DSO in 2017, after serving as Principal Bass of the Grand Rapids Symphony for five seasons. Prior to moving to Michigan, he was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. From 2006-2009, Chris was a fellow with the prestigious New World Symphony orchestral training academy in Miami Beach, Florida.

Chris received a Graduate Performance Diploma with Robert Kesselman, and a Bachelor of Music Degree with John Hood, from the Peabody Conservatory. As a young bassist, Chris was principal bass of numerous Regional, State and National youth orchestras, including the Music Educators National Conference All-Eastern States Honors Orchestra, and later the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2003. In 2000, Chris performed the Koussevitzky Concerto with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, of which he later became a full time member.

When he’s not playing his bass, Chris can be found with his family, including daughter Claire, wife Melissa, and Wheaten Terrier Penny.