Christopher Bush

Principal Clarinet

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.Additionally, Christopher has performed in New York’s Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Bush has worked with many composers including Gunther Schuller, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Lee Hyla, Alvin Lucier, Michael Finnissy, Joan Tower, and many more, 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.

Dr. Bush completed his MM and BM at the New England Conservatory and the PhD at New York University. He is currently the Executive Director and Clarinetist with Summerland Music Society, a chamber music series in upstate New York. He is also on faculty at Luzerne Music Center and New York University, where he teaches Clarinet and Chamber Music, directs the NYU Composers Ensemble, and is the Academic Advisor for Instrumental Music.