12 and up
Chris Guilfoyle started playing the trombone in the 6th grade in Cypress, Texas. While in junior high and high school, he competed in the Texas All-Region and All-State process. In the 9th grade, Chris started playing the bass trombone primarily. He went on to win first-chair bass trombone in the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra in the 10th and 11th grade. During his 11th grade year, Chris auditioned for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA and was accepted before his senior year of high school.
While at Curtis, Chris performed many solo recitals and won first prize of the Gilberto Gagliardi solo competition for ITF 2005 (International Trombone Festival) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Curtis Institute of Music was instrumental in offering Chris a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience. This experience also afforded him to play under many notable conductors such as Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, and Alan Gilbert.
Upon completion at Curtis, Chris moved to Dallas, Texas, to study with Dallas Symphony principal trombonist John Kitzman at Southern Methodist University. At SMU, Chris spent the majority of his time studying tenor trombone and frequently leading the low brass section of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra as principal trombonist.
While in Dallas, Chris also began his teaching career while simultaneously continuing to build his professional performing career. He has played in numerous professional orchestras including the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Winds and the San Antonio Symphony. As a teacher, he has taught students of all ages from 6th grade beginners to college-aged students. Chris has been teaching low brass, including the trombone, baritone, and tuba, for over 10 years.
Chris currently lives with his wife Mandy in Asheville, North Carolina, and enjoys cycling in his free time.
Lessons With Chris
For trombone students we will be working out of the Essential Elements collection. I prefer to start students on small-bore, beginner level trombones. This allows the student to develop proper breathing and air control. For tuba and euphonium students I prefer to start them on euphonium regardless. This way as the student grows up we can deduce if they’re a great fit for tuba or euphonium as they grow.
For students who have already been playing we’ll go over any material they have been working on. We’ll cover anything from school band music, audition repertoire and etudes. This gives me a chance to work on technique and musicianship so the student can get the most out of low brass.
For students who are serious about becoming a professional musician we will cover everything needed to be their best professional self. Solo competitions, college auditions and solo recitals are all encouraged. I also heavily encourage chamber music participation. Part of a musicians growth is their ability to work with other, like-minded musicians.
I encourage every student, regardless of ability, to listen to as much music as they can. Great music in any genre is accessible instantly. All that I require for this is a decent set of studio headphones. There’s a pair of headphones for every budget.