Chris Carillo


Chris Carrillo joined the faculty of James Madison University in 2009 as the studio trumpet professor. He is a former member of the Victoria (Co-Principal Trumpet,¬†2004-2009) and Corpus Christi (Third Trumpet, 2004-2009)¬†Symphony Orchestras as well as the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Principal Trumpet, 2002). ¬†An active chamber music collaborator, Chris performs regularly with the New Orchestra of Washington and the Virginia Sinfonietta. ¬†Solo engagements and collaborations have taken him throughout the United States, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom performing in some of the world’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and City Recital Hall in Sydney, Australia.

As an orchestral musician, Chris has performed numerous concerts with the symphony orchestras of Austin (Substitute/Extra, 2000-2005), Charlottesville (Guest Principal, 2010-present), Jacksonville (Substitute, 2002), Jackson (Third Trumpet, 1997-2000), Laredo (Substitute/Extra, 2005-2009), Roanoke (Substitute, 2015-present) and the opera companies of Austin, Ash Lawn, Memphis, Roanoke, and Opera on the James.  He has recorded on the Mark Custom and Reference Recording labels and his most recent recording was with the Dallas Wind Symphony on the Grammy nominated, Garden of Dreams: The Music of David Maslanka.

As a chamber musician, Chris has performed as a guest artist with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet, the Madison Brass, the Austin City Brass, and the Nexus Chamber Orchestra. ¬†He is also a regular performer at the Victoria Bach Festival, the Redeemer Artes Early Music Festival,¬†the Staunton Music Festival and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany. ¬†Chris is a Conn-Selmer performing artist and plays Bach Stradivarius trumpets.

Also active in commercial music, Chris has performed as a local musician with the national broadway touring productions of A Chorus Line, Gypsey, Carousel, Chicago, Sweet Charity, and The Sound of Music.  Additional commercial experience includes performances with Chuck Mangione, Marvin Hamlisch, John Pizzarelli, Steve Lippia, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, Asleep at the Wheel, The Bar-Kays, Lee Greenwood, and a Texas tour with the Harry James Orchestra to name a few.

An avid educator and proponent for new music, Chris has previously served on the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and The University of Texas at San Antonio.  He has presented masterclasses at some of the nations leading music schools and conferences including The University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University, The University of Denver, the University of Connecticut, Colorado State University, Michigan State University, the University of Utah, and the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities.  He has been a member of commissioning consortiums and premiers for ensemble and solo trumpet works by composers John Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Joseph Turrin, Jason Haney, Anthony Plog, James Stephenson, John Mackey, Rob Deemer, Stefan Freund, and Joel Puckett.

Chris earned a DMA and MM from The University of Texas at Austin, a BM from the University of Memphis, and did additional studies as an exchange student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  His former teachers include Ray Sasaki of the Saint Louis Brass; and Ray Crisara, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini.  Additionally, Chris has studied with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony; John DeWitt, formerly of the Houston Symphony, and John Gracie of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


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