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.