Trumpet Professor, James Madison University
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 and commercial mediums and performs as a member of the New Orchestra of Washington, D.C. and as artist faculty at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany. He is a former member of the Victoria Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed with the symphony orchestras of Austin, Amadeus, Charlottesville, Jacksonville, Memphis, Roanoke, and the opera companies of Austin Lyric, Ash Lawn, Opera Memphis, and Opera on the James. As a chamber musician, he has performed as a guest with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet and as a guest artist at the Victoria Bach Festival and the Staunton Music Festival.
In the commercial medium, 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 and performed with the Epcot Pops Orchestra with several guest artists throughout the parks in Orlando.
As an educator, Carrillo has presented master classes at numerous universities including 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 the International Society for Assessment in Music Education, the Society for Music Teacher Education, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities. Prior to his position at JMU, Carrillo served on the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and The University of Texas at San Antonio.
He earned degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Memphis, and 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.