Christopher Bassett is the Bass Trombonist of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera. He has performed as a substitute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. In addition to these professional ensembles, he was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2016.
Mr. Bassett received his Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied with James Markey. He later pursued graduate work there additionally studying with Norman Bolter, Stephen Lange, Toby Oft, and Mike Roylance.
Prior to his appointment in both the Jacksonville Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera, he won grand prizes in the 2017 Zellmer Trombone Competition, the International Trombone Association’s 2017 Edward Kleinhammer Competition, and the 2016 American Trombone Workshop Solo Competition.
A committed educator, he maintains a private studio and serves as a low brass clinician in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Bassett has given masterclasses across the United States including a residency at the University of Florida in 2018 and as featured Guest Artist for Florida State University's 2019 Trombone Day. He is also a founding member of the Santa Fe Trombone Summit - a multi-day summer trombone seminar located in New Mexico.
Christopher proudly plays on a modified Edwards Instruments Co. B502-I with a Griego GP mouthpiece.