Professor, Trumpet
Brass/Percussion Area Coordinator

Dr. Chris Carrillo joined the faculty of the School of Music at James Madison University in 2009 as the studio trumpet professor and principal trumpet of the Madison Brass. He is an active performer in classical, commercial, and early music mediums and performs regularly with the New Orchestra of Washington and throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. He is a former member of the Victoria and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Austin City Brass. Additionally, he has performed as a guest or extra/substitute with the symphony orchestras of Austin, Amadeus, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Jackson, Jacksonville, Laredo, Memphis, and Roanoke, and the opera companies of Austin Lyric, Ash Lawn, Opera Memphis, Opera on the James, and Roanoke. As a chamber musician, he has performed as a guest with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet, Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh, PA, and as a featured artist at the Victoria Bach and Staunton Music Festivals. Later this year, Dr. Carrillo will be performing with Tempesta di Mare-The Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra. He has performed in Carnegie Hall as principal trumpet on the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 “Circus Maximus,” and twice at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a featured soloist and as a chamber music collaborator.

In the commercial medium, Dr. Carrillo has performed as a local musician with several national Broadway touring productions including A Chorus Line, Chicago, Carousel, Gypsy, and Sweet Charity. He has performed with Chuck Mangione, Roger Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Glen Campbell, The Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and John Pizzarelli to name a few, and he toured extensively throughout Texas with the Harry James Orchestra. He is an alumnus of the Disney All-American College Orchestra at Epcot where he performed hundreds of shows while in Orlando.

As an educator, Dr. Carrillo has presented master classes at numerous universities including the University of Alabama, the University of Utah, Michigan State University, Louisiana State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Denver, the University of Virginia, and The University of Texas at Austin. He has presented clinics and workshops at conferences for International Society for Assessment in Music Education, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the Society for Music Teacher Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association. Prior to his position at JMU, Dr. Carrillo served on the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

He earned doctoral and master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor of music education from the University of Memphis, and he did additional studies as an exchange student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, UK. His primary teachers include Ray Sasaki of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, and Ray Crisara formerly of the Metropolitan Opera and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini. Additional teachers include David Spencer, Albert Ligotti, Edward Sandor, Tom Booth, John DeWitt, and John Gracie.

Brass Professors and Instructors

Chris Carrillo

Chris Carrillo, Trumpet
Brass/Percussion Area Coordinator

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