Professional Wind Instrument Consultants of nj

Northbranch Records, LLC, P.O. Box 5233, North Branch, NJ 08876, (908) 252-2828,

About Chris Hill

Christopher Hill is in his 24th season as the principal clarinetist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Paul Globus, in his review in The Clarinet magazine, calls Mr. Hill a "first rate clarinetist... whose playing is uniformly excellent."   In addition to his tenure with the SDSO, he has performed with many other fine ensembles across the United States and Europe, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, New Sousa Band, Carousel National Tour, Evita World Tour, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Binghamton Symphony, and the Rome Festival Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Rome Festival Orchestra, Hunterdon Symphony, Raritan Valley Symphonic Band, and the Blawenburg Band, with which he had the honor of soloing at the White House.  Mr. Hill performed the world premiere of Nathan Pawelek's Concertino in 2001. He and SDSO pianist John Walker performed at the international clarinet festival, ClarinetFest 2005, in Tokyo, Japan, and they have recorded a CD that was released in 2006. He is also featured on two recordings with the SDSO.  Mr. Hill is the conductor of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and has conducted the South Dakota Symphony, Hunterdon Symphony, Somerset Hills Wind Ensemble, and was a rehearsal conductor for the Carousel National Tour. He has been a clinician at Arizona State University, the University of Southern California, The University of Northern Iowa, Northern State University, the University of South Dakota, and South Dakota State University, and is a clarinet instructor at Augustana College.  Mr. Hill holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from Temple University, where he was a student of Anthony Gigliotti.  In addition, he has studied with Donald Montanaro, Burt Hara, Ronald Rueben, Karl Herman, David Peck, and George Silfies. A noted mouthpiece craftsman, Mr. Hill is the maker of his own line of mouthpieces, which are used in many of the world's finest orchestras and music schools.  He is a Rico Grand Concert artist.
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