Christopher Kirkpatrick is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Montana, and has given performances and master classes at universities and concert venues throughout North America. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Lansing Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, and the Missoula Symphony. Conference performances include the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest (2006, 2007, 2011, 2012), College Music Society (2013), North American Saxophone Alliance (2012, 2013), the Oklahoma State University Clarinet Festival (2013), the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival (2011), the Brandon University Clarinet Festival (2011), Michigan State University Clarinet Spectacular (2007) and the World Bass Clarinet Congress in Rotterdam, Netherlands (2004). Dedicated to the commissioning and performing of new repertoire, he has premiered works by Charles Nichols, Christopher Stark, Roger Peterson and Victor Marquez Barrios. He has recorded on the Summit label and the Blue Griffin label, and can be heard on a recently released recording of William Walton’s Facade: An Entertainment with the Albion Chamber Players. During the summer he is on the faculty of the International Music Camp. Dr. Kirkpatrick also serves in the International Clarinet Association as the Montana State Chair.
Christopher Kirkpatrick completed his doctoral degree at Michigan State University and also holds degrees from the University of New Mexico (MM) and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (BM). His teachers have included Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Keith Lemmons, Steve Cohen, Ted Gurch, Nikolasa Tejero, and Peter Temko.