Chris Imhoff, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, holds a Bachelors degree in Trumpet Performance from Ohio University and a Masters degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. His primary teachers include Wesley Woolard, John Schlabach, John Rommel. Chris has also studied with Bill Adam, Scott Belck, Vince DiMartino, Tony Plog, Robert Slack, and Greg Wing.
Chris has performed in a wide variety of musical styles over the years from commercial gigs to chamber music, rock bands to symphony orchestras. He has subbed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra, the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic, the Richmond (IN) Symphony, and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed with Cincinnati Brassworks and subbed with various Cincinnati brass quintets. Chris has given performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at Ohio University and Valparaiso University. Chris has performed with such artists as Little Anthony of the Imperials, Lisa Sherman, Frankie Previte, and Bobby Caldwell.
While freelancing throughout Ohio and Indiana, he had the opportunity to play many musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Brigadoon, Bye Bye Birdie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Me Kate, Kismet, Man of La Mancha, and The Wiz.
Beginning in the fall of 2008, Chris started traveling North America with touring productions of Broadway shows, including The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Dreamworks’ Shrek the Musical, and Catch Me If You Can. Touring also allowed him to give masterclasses at Auburn University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania about trumpet playing, life on the road, and touring in general. Chris and fellow trumpeter Eric Dickson were featured in the International Trumpet Guild’s January 2012 journal discussing the challenges and rewards of touring.
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