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Christopher  Underwood 

Mathes Hall
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.


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