Dr. Christopher Underwood hails from Roanoke, Virginia. He is an active performer
throughout the United States and Europe. Chris is the Principal Trumpet of the Durham
Symphony, and this year, he joins the Faculty of East Tennessee State University as
Lecturer in Trumpet.
While studying in Sweden, Christopher performed as Principal Trumpet with the Lunds
Stadsorkester, and as auxiliary trumpet with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Christopher
then entered a one-year intensive masters program in orchestral studies at the Royal
Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. where he garnered the opportunity to
perform throughout England as a soloist, chamber musician, and principal trumpet of
local orchestras and brass bands. At the end of this program, Christopher was requested
to perform as a featured soloist and chamber musician at the British Museum in London
and to participate in an orchestral residency in Montepulciano, Italy, where he performed
with the Royal Northern Symphony Orchestra and Brass Ensemble in various capacities. Dr.
Underwood has also recently performed with the Asheville Symphony, Roanoke Symphony,
Greensboro Opera, North Carolina Brass Band, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony.
Dr. Underwood received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trumpet at the University
of North Carolina – Greensboro while serving as a graduate teaching assistant. He
has attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K., and Malmo Academy
of Music in Sweden. Additionally, Underwood holds a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance
from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelor's in Music
Business from Radford University. Christopher's teachers have included Mark Clodfelter, John Miller, Rhys Owens, David
Hendry, Bo Nilsson, Judith Saxton, and Mark Camphouse.