Chris Mitchell began playing the trumpet at the age of nine in his home town of Ottawa, Ontario where he studied with Douglas Sturdevant. After moving to Vancouver he completed a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, where he was awarded the Don Wright Scholarship in Instrumental Music Education as well as the C. K. Choi Scholarship in Secondary Education. While at UBC, Chris studied with Larry Knopp, Marcus Goddard, and Martin Berinbaum. Chris performs with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Vancouver Brass Project, and has been Principal Trumpet of the Kamloops Symphony since 2008. He has also performed with Turning Point Ensemble, CBC Radio Orchestra, and Chor Leoni. In 2008 he performed with the VSO on their tour of Asia.
As an educator and clinician, Chris has enjoyed working with students from the elementary to post-secondary level. In addition to maintaining a studio of private students, Chris has taught in the Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby school districts and has worked with the senior bands at Lord Byng Secondary, Churchill Secondary, Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver Technical, Burnaby Central, Burnaby South, Moscrop secondary, and Alpha Secondary, among others. He has also been on faculty with the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre for two summers, and is very excited to be on faculty at the VSO school of music. Chris’s other interests include hiking, climbing, canoeing, cycling, and photography.