Chris is lucky to have already had a long and diverse musical career. He grew up in a musical family and his parents’ ownership of a music store influenced him from day one. Starting on piano at any early age, he gained experience early accompanying for his tri-grade elementary choir, going on to complete over six years of piano study. After elementary school, he switched focus and started teaching himself the guitar. By high school he was his church youth group's band leader and picked up percussion in marching band. After high school, Chris continued to gain experience by performing for dozens of churches locally and regionally on a variety of instruments. During this time Chris was a member of New Fire, a contemporary Christian group. His time with that group included a Midwestern tour of the country, performing for audiences from fifty to three thousand.
Shortly into his time at OSU, Chris successfully auditioned for the OSU piano studio on partial scholarship. Chris also found out his passion for jazz and played in a jazz trio the majority of his college career, performing for various regional fundraisers and dinners. In addition to the over 13 years of playing that Chris has accrued in various churches, to date he has been active in collegiate percussion ensembles, five years of marching and concert bands, various choirs, chamber music groups, jazz combos, an award winning jazz big band, bluegrass combos, drum and bugle corps, private lessons on several instruments, as a section leader, and as a teacher. Chris has recorded with various groups and has performed music in over thirty states. He has collaborated with the OSU Concert Band, OSU Wind Ensemble, multiple OSU percussion ensembles on piano, and with the alt-rock band me without You on mandolin. In addition, his transcriptions and arrangements have been featured in OSU percussion recitals and performances. As a jazz guitarist, Chris has shared the stage with Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, and Slide Hampton; he has also received positive feedback on his guitar playing from Martin Taylor, Stephane Grappelli's guitarist. Chris served as the Music Director for First Christian Church in Stillwater from 2011-2012 where he was responsible for the music in the contemporary service, played piano and guitar, and directed and rehearsed a large praise and worship band. He has also served as a guitar clinician for various churches on rhythm and lead guitar playing. He has studied counterpoint with Dr. Igor Karaca. He is sponsored by UK-based music education group DS Music. Chris' jazz combo is Oklahoma State University's go-to ensemble to entertain various banquets and fundraisers as well as a favorite for local wine bars and lounges. He has privately instructed hundreds of students through his studio at Daddy O's Music in many genres on guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, music theory, and ear training.
Chris has had the chance to perform several larger scale works, including Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 26, Haydn's Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI:32, David McCullough's Holocaust Cantata, Peter Eben's Mass, J.S. Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G major, a piano reduction of Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, Ravel's Sonatine, Benjamin Britten's The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard, and Mozart's Requiem
His Senior Recital in May 2012 juxtaposed minimalist and 19th century solo piano with pitched percussion, bluegrass quintet, guitar improvisation, and jazz combo to form a nearly seamless pallet of sound. Chris has written over a dozen chamber pieces that boldly mix genre and instrumentation. In 2013, Chris was the guitarist for OSU's production of Xanadu the musical, featured guitarist throughout OSU's production of The Last Five Years, one of 18 percussionists in the mid west regional premiere of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit, and director of a collaborative Christmas concert featuring himself and 10 other local musicians held over 2 nights and featuring over 20 original arrangements. This year, Chris has been featured in the cast of OSU's production of "Man of La Mancha" as stage guitarist. His piece for percussion ensemble entitled "Motion" was premiered by the OSU Percussion Ensemble at OSU and at the annual Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society conference.
I am substituting a large part of this summer on electric guitar.
Featured on the 'Light the Match' EP
I commissioned a work entitled "Motion" for the OSU Percussion Ensemble, under the baton of Beth F. It was premiered at the 2014 Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society convention.
This is my main employment. I teach private lessons in:
Basic Classical Guitar
I have experience in performing and teaching all styles of music, with a focus in rock, pop, jazz, bluegrass, country, and classical music. I have instructed 300-400 students while at Daddy O's. In addition, I wrote the company's current fretted instrument curriculum. This curriculum features 10 comprehensive levels that incorporate technique, theory, and ear training. I have helped organize and rehearse 4 student recitals during my time with Daddy O's.
I have collaborated with Tyler Siems' acoustic project 'The Tough Shakes' over the past several years on guitar and bass.
I have arranged for the OSU Marching Band, OSU percussion ensemble, and Guthrie Marching Band. My Senior Recital in April of 2012 featured my arrangements of bluegrass quintet, jazz quartet, solo piano, and percussion duo in a seamless pallet of sound. I also arranged and rehearsed a Christmas/Holiday themed concert that occurred on the 12th and 14th of December of 2013, featuring over 10 collaborative musicians and 30 arrangements of jazz, acoustic, chamber, and religious holiday music.
Fifth Edition is Ryan Hatcher, Chris F., and/or other Stillwater area musicians and their instrumental jazz music. We have played over the past few years at many venues and for many organizations, including:
Oklahoma State University's University Club
OSU's College of Entrepreneurship
OSU Botanical Gardens
OSU's College of Broadcasting and Journalism
OSU's College of Arts and Sciences
OSU's Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
OSU Friends of Music
Ibiza Bar and Lounge
Zannotti's Wine Bar
City of Stillwater
Best Western Cimarron
Dallas Area OSU Alumni
Nichols Hills Country Club
I collaborated on a performance of a two piano reduction of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion at Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Christian University. I also accompanied several music majors and collaborated with the OSU Percussion Ensembles and OSU Concert Band.
I have worked with the OSU Wind Ensemble and OSU Statesmen, as well as the OSU Trombone Jazz Ensembles, and OSU Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2.
I often enjoy compositions so much so that I will transcribe them note for note so that I can perform them and study them. I take the time to ensure my transcriptions are flawless. My transcriptions include:
"Canon"- Edgar Meyer
"Laurie de Tullins"- Chris Thile
"Riddles in the Dark"- Chris Thile & Bela Fleck
"River"- Joni Mitchell (James Taylor)
"Sinai to Canaan, Part 1"- Chris Thile
"Sugar Rum Cherry"- Duke Ellington
"This is the Pig"- Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
"Watch' at Breakdown"- Chris Thile
My current project is extensive- transcribing Chris Thile's bluegrass/classical fusion string quintet entitled "The Blind Leaving the Blind", in 4 movements. I intend on completing this transcription by the summer of 2014.
My Jazz combo has regularly played here the past few years.
I fill in on piano, guitar, or bass in the 4 weekly services held at Acts 2.
I am hired to play at churches, restaurants, weddings, parties, corporate events, and banquets. I am available to play any genre of music on guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, or ukulele.
Churches I've played at (the above longer engagements excluded):
First United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church
First Christian Church
Tryon Christian Church
Tulsa, Oklahoma area:
Angus Acres Baptist Church
Broadway Baptist Church
Church at Battle Creek
Sapulpa Beams of Light
My Jazz combo and I play for OSU banquets, fundraisers, and parties.
Guitarist in Xanadu
Featured stage guitarist in The Last Five Years
Featured stage guitarist in Man of La Mancha
I collaborated with over 20 percussionists for the Midwest premiere of John Luther Adams' "Inuksuit", featured at The Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville Arkansas.
I directed the music for the Contemporary service, rehearsed a nine piece band, and played piano and guitar.
Before my studio at Daddy O's, I had a variety of students that I taught around Tulsa and Stillwater.
I taught a basic and intermediate course on worship guitar, as well as an intro to lead playing class.
I was a member of Crossmen for the production of their 2009 show, entitled "Forbidden".
NewFire is an acoustic Contemporary Christian Group based out of Tulsa, OK.
Among other dates, I went on a Midwest regional tour with Newfire in the spring of 2008.
I assisted with general help at my dad's music store in Tulsa, OK.
· Guitar · In home He knows how to capture my 5 year old son's attention and work with him. My son is learning. Absolutely recommend!
· Piano · In home it has gone well
· Guitar · In home Chris is knowledgeable, talented and patient. I am a total beginner and he's incredibly patient and fun. I am learning from him (music that "I" like) and I am very excited to learn and he seems happy to teach! On top of being a great instructor, he's dependable, respectful and truly nice. I enjoy his him and his teaching presence.
· Guitar · In studio I know Chris as a student, peer, performer, and friend. He is one of the best musicians I have encountered in my many years in the field. He is what I call a "total musician," meaning that he is well versed on multiple instruments and can contribute greatly to any type of musical environment. As a teacher, Chris uses his diverse talents to his advantage and communicates information in a variety of ways, making the subject area easier to grasp. I give Chris my highest recommendation without any reserve. It is a pleasure to work with Chris!
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio I started taking guitar lessons from Chris over a year ago and couldn't be more pleased. Chris is an amazingly talented musician and a very patient teacher, especially for this middle-aged learner! He has guided me at my own pace and has made the half hour that I spend with him each week the most relaxing, stress-relieving time in my schedule. Chris' background has given him a great appreciation for all genres of music and an ability to find just the right tunes to engage each student, no matter the age or musical interest. I highly recommend Chris!
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio I am an adult who decided to begin taking guitar lessons as a beginner a year ago and was fortunate enough to find Chris. I could not be more pleased with my experience with Chris. Chris has a wealth of experience teaching all ages and experience levels and has a passion for the guitar that is ineffective. I have been pleased with how quickly Chris has helped me learn the basics and move into playing my favorite songs. He has been patient and encouraging from the very beginning and seems to have a keen sense of when I am ready to be pushed a little more. I would highly recommend Chris!
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Chris is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. He clearly explains how to go about learning new songs. Great job!
· Guitar · In studio I play lead guitar in a modern worship band at church every Sunday morning. I was looking for someone with experience in my genre that could really help me grow and Chris has been excellent. He's very good at understanding where I am with my playing and showing me what I need to know to take the next step forward. He has a lot of experience with other styles of music as well so he's able to contribute many creative ideas to any area we happen to be working on.
The best thing is I'm learning so much more than chords, scales and songs. I'm learning how music works and how my instrument fits in with the others. We've done a lot of ear training which has helped immensely. I've had a lot of guitar teachers and Chris is among the best, I highly recommend him.