for the Musicians' Portrait Project.
Christopher Morrison was born in Trail, British Columbia and spent his childhood and youth in the British Columbia interior and the North West Territories. He began his university training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, studying trumpet with John Iltis and Don Harris. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1975 at the University of Toronto, studying with Stephen Chenette. He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada -- during the 1973 and 74 summer sessions -- where he worked with Fred Mills of the Canadian Brass and Ramon Parcells, then Principal Trumpet with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He pursued further studies at the Banff School working again with Fred Mills and also with Ronald Romm of The Canadian Brass.
While a student in Edmonton, he was a regular extra player with the Edmonton Symphony, The Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Ballet. While living in Toronto, he worked with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Brantford Symphony, the New Chamber Orchestra, the Classical Brass and at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Chris became Principal Trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for five seasons.
In 1980, Chris relocated to Calgary where, with his wife, he founded the Foothills Brass Quintet ( http://www.foothillsbrass.ab.ca/index.html ) . He has been the Artistic Director of the Foothills Brass since its inception. The Foothills Brass performs 200 concerts a year and has toured Canada, the United States and Europe. The Foothills Brass has also made seven recordings for which Chris has acted as producer, arranger and soloist.
In addition to his chamber music activities, Chris has had rich and varied relationships with such musical organizations as: The Banff Festival of the Arts, the Bach Festival Orchestra of Calgary, the Alberta Ballet Orchestra, the Festival Chorus of Calgary, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra and the Eric Friedenberg Big Band. He has regularly been an extra with the Calgary Philharmonic and was, for seven seasons, Principal Trumpet with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his career, Chris has been an engaged teacher in the classroom as well as privately on the trumpet and recorder. Chris is active in Arts Immersion classroom teaching and teacher training. He has been involved as a teaching artist with Calgary Arts Partners in Education, ArtSmarts, and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s “Learning Through the Arts” program. A founder of the Calgary Arts Academy -- a public Charter School -- he served on its Board of Directors for six years and in 2007 was its representative in Beijing for the annual Sino-Canadian Educational Cultural Exchange.
Chris’s youth in the British Columbia mountains and the Northwest Territories created a love of the outdoors which he nurtures through hiking, camping, and canoeing. He has ridden his vintage motorcycle from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland; climbed many of the famous peaks of the Alberta Rockies; competed with his horse to a national level in long distance riding; and remains an avid hiker and cyclist. His ideal holiday is spent rebuilding trails in the back country of Banff National Park or kayaking through the islands of the west coast.