Dr. Christopher Foster grew up in South Lake Tahoe, California and the Reno, Nevada area. He had always had a talent and love for the trumpet since a young boy in elementary school. In high school, he began to take private lessons with his first teacher, the late Mark Lord. Dr. Foster was consistently earning first chair in county honor bands, member of the Nevada All-State Band and Orchestra, and was awarded the “Command Performance,” for most outstanding high brass soloist for his performance of Del Staigers’ arrangement of Carnival of Venice.
Dr. Foster holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas. He has studied trumpet with Larry Engstrom and conducting from A G. McGrannahan III while at UNR. In Nevada, he has performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera, Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Gordy Brown Show at Harrah’s Casino, and as principal trumpet and soloist for the Ruby Mountain Symphony.
During his studies at UNT, he studied trumpet with Keith Johnson and John Holt, and conducting with Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher. In Texas, Dr. Foster has performed with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque Trumpet Ensemble and as a freelance musician.
Prior to moving to Middlebury, Vermont with his wife and two kids, Dr. Foster was the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Alfred University for eleven years. He directed the University’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, and taught music theory, jazz history, history of rock music, and lessons on brass instruments. He was an active member of the National Association for Music Education, New York State School Music Association, New York State Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the International Trumpet Guild.
Dr. Foster is an experienced musician, teacher, adjudicator and reviewer. He was principal trumpet with the Southern Tier Symphony and the Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra. Most recently, Dr. Foster has performed with the Southern Tier Brass Quintet and the Alle-Brasse Brass Quintet, which he co-founded. He is also active as a soloist and freelance musician.
During his time in Alfred, Dr. Foster was Conductor of the Alfred Village Band, which was a summer community band with members of all ages. He has been a guest conductor for several all-county and area all-state bands. Dr. Foster has been an adjudicator for various NYSSMA solo festivals and for concert bands in the Northern Nevada area. Prior to his doctoral studies and his appointment at Alfred University, he directed concert, jazz and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Foster continues to be active as a recording reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild.
Dr. Foster can be heard on the GIA Publication series Teaching Music through Performance in Band, and on the Klavier label, performing with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony.