Christopher Chappell

Associate Principal Second Violin

Chris began playing the violin when he was in the first grade at age six.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
It is true for me and for most musicians that having an excited, engaged audience brings out my best performing. You, the audience, don’t realize how important your emotional and intellectual involvement is, how strongly you affect what you’re hearing from us.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Maybe teaching of some kind. It is actually very difficult to imagine doing anything else.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
I am very involved in prayer and church life. For my family and myself, a spiritual understanding of things is foundational, and knowing Christ is the key.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
Getting to a really well prepared performance of truly great literature, and sensing the audience gets it.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
Bicycling, hiking, swimming.

What is your favorite food?
I like to grill food. I like to make it myself- different things like steak, chicken, ribs, even fish and vegetables. Early on I developed a fascination with fire.

Who is your favorite composer?
J. S. Bach. He’s the basis of everything else in Western tonal music.

What’s currently on your Ipod?
I don’t have an Ipod, but I do have a stereo and a laptop. I am not usually listening to music for entertainment, but occasionally I will enjoy some different things like jazz or choral music, or gospel.

Education
Bachelor’s degree in Applied Music, Eastman School of Music; Master’s degree in Violin Performance, Indiana University