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Woodwind Faculty: Christopher Bush

Christopher Bush holds the position of Principal Clarinet with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra as well as the Metro Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding member of the contemporary ensemble, Callithumpian Consort. Previously Principal Clarinetist with the Boston Civic Symphony, Christopher has also performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, New York String Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Granite State Opera, Granite State Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Westchester Chamber Symphony, DiCapo Opera, Seoul Philharmonic, and the North Country Chamber Players. Christopher has also performed as a soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony, the New England Conservatory Symphony, and the New York University Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Co-Founder of the Summerland Music Society in upstate New York.

Mr. Bush has performed in concert series throughout the world, including Les Flaneries Musicales d’Ete in Reims, France, the Open Air Klassik Hoppegarten in Berlin, London  New Winds Festival (UK), the New School Concert Series, Harvard Group For New Music, Boston’s New Gallery Concert Series, NEC’s Keller Jazz Series, the Boston New Arts Initiative, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Young Artists Showcase, and New London’s Summer Music Series in New Hampshire. In Boston’s Jordan Hall, he has taken part in the Composer’s Series, Enchanted Circle Series, Tuesday New Music Series, and annual Festival Weeks. Additionally, Christopher has performed in New York's Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Bush has worked with composers Gunther Schuller, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Lee Hyla, Alvin Lucier, Michael Finnissy, Joan Tower, Pozzi Escot, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Elwood, Michael Gandolfi, Walter Zimmermann, John Heiss, Tamar Diesendruck, and Malcolm Peyton on performances of their own music. With the Glens Falls Symphony, Christopher commissioned and premiered Michael Gandolfi's  Anthem for solo clarinet and string orchestra. With frequent recital partner and pianist Carol Minor, Christopher has commissioned works from composers Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Curtis Hughes, Izzi Ramkissoon, Pozzi Escot, and Lawrence Dillon.  Israeli composer Guy Barash's Talkback for Clarinet and Electronics was also written for Mr. Bush.

Christopher’s performances have been broadcast on WGBH (Boston) and KBS (Korea) radio stations. On television, Christopher has performed on the PBS special A Taste of Chanukah and Korea's MBC, SBS, KBS, and Arirang networks. A featured soloist on the soundtrack to the Huntington Theatre’s production of Dead End, Christopher has also recorded for Albany Records and Mode Records.

Mr. Bush completed his M.M. and B.M. at the New England Conservatory and is a candidate for the Ph.D. at New York University. His principal teachers include Thomas Martin, Robert Listokin, and Dr. Esther Lamneck.

Christopher has been on the faculties of the Boston Community Music Center, the Chestnut Hill School of Music, the Brimmer and May School, the Lincoln Public Schools, the Northampton Community Music Center, and Fidelity Mutual's Future Stages project. He is currently the Orchestra Director at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT and the Executive Director and Clarinetist with the Summerland Music Society, a chamber music series in upstate NY. He is also on faculty at New York University, where he teaches Clarinet, Chamber Music, directs the Composers Ensemble, and is the Assistant Administrative Director of Woodwind Studies.