Christopher Bassett is the Bass Trombonist of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera, positions he has held since 2017. In addition to these ensembles, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, and was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2016.
A committed educator and sought-after guest artist, Mr. Bassett has been featured at several college trombone days and has presented masterclasses and recitals from coast to coast across the United States. Along with his colleagues, he is a founding member of the Santa Fe Trombone Summit, a college-level 4-day trombone seminar, hosted by the Trombones of the Santa Fe Opera. At home in Florida, he maintains a private trombone studio and serves as a clinician for low brass at the local advanced arts high school. His students consistently place in All-State ensembles and have gone on to study at the collegiate level in schools such as Columbus State University’s Schwobb School of Music and Stanford University.
Prior to his professional engagements, he won grand prizes in the 2017 Zellmer Trombone Competition, the International Trombone Association’s 2017 Edward Kleinhammer Competition and Trombone Quartet Competition, and the 2016 American Trombone Workshop Solo Competition.
Mr. Bassett studied with James Markey at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2016 and pursued his Master of Music degree before being appointed to the Jacksonville Symphony in the summer of 2017.
Mr. Bassett resides in Jacksonville, Florida, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, cooking, getting out in nature, and reading.
Why Christopher Plays Edwards
“If the end goal is for our instrument to become one with our voice and sing in perfect harmony with the idea we have in our minds, my Edwards trombone is what makes that possible. Whether as a soloist or in an opera or symphonic orchestra, my 502-I consistently helps me achieve the goals, colors, and phrases I want. This instrument truly is my voice.”