Clarinet and Basset Horn
Originally from Austin, Texas, Christopher Mothersole serves as Instructor of Clarinet at the University of West Georgia. He moved to Carrollton in 2018 from Montana, where he served as principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he was formerly a member of the orchestra's resident wind quintet, the Chinook Winds. His performances with the ensemble have been featured on Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS’s 11th & Grant, the “premier music outlet […] seeking the state’s most acclaimed, accomplished, and pioneering talent”, showcasing a wide variety of works and imaginative programming.
An enthusiast of the rarely-heard basset horn, Christopher explores repertoire from both past and present, discovering new and innovative ways to make use of its dark, velvety tone. Together with his colleagues from the Great Falls Symphony, he released a CD album reimagining the works of Mozart and Byrd in a never-before-heard combination of instruments, grouping the basset horn with english horn and bassoon.
As an orchestral musician, Christopher has performed on both sides of the Atlantic under the baton of some of the world’s premier conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Hugh Wolff, and Tito Muñoz. His duo concerto performance of Mendelssohn’s Konzertstücke No.1 with the Royal College of Music Philharmonic earned him and his partner the school’s Savage Club Prize for “Best Concerto Performance”, and since then he has performed Mendelssohn’s masterwork with the String Orchestra of the Rockies and Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet professor at the University of Montana. In a special collaboration sponsored by the Grammys, he performed in the Berklee Symphony Orchestra with DJ Premier in the SXSW Film Festival selection, “Re:Generation”, redefining the classical music genre by mixing it with hip-hop and electronic music.
Christopher's recent work with Timothy Fitzgerald Boyd (Professor of Clarinet, University of North Georgia) focuses on the use of digital effects pedals in clarinet performance. Their duo CLX is an homage to rock 'n roll, drawing inspiration from groups including Aerosmith & Muse. His first original composition, titled Diptych, for Efx Clarinet Duo (2020), specifically utilizes distortion and pitch modulation effects to create a cross-genre clash between classical chamber music and rock. CLX is scheduled to give a featured presentation on this topic at ClarinetFest 2021, hosted virtually by the International Clarinet Association.
Christopher performs with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys a life of teaching in the west Georgia area. In addition to serving as a woodwind instructor for the CSO's Music Academy, he enjoys working with the students of the Carrollton City Schools and the Carroll County School System in group and 1-on-1 lessons.
Christopher earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he had the privilege of studying with Craig Nordstrom of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He continued his studies in London, England, graduating from the Royal College of Music with a Master of Performance degree, where his principal teachers included Richard Hosford (BBC Symphony Orchestra), Timothy Lines (London Symphony Orchestra), and Colin Lawson (Director, Royal College of Music).
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April 12th, 2021
Livestream: Terry Riley's Dorian Reeds
Roush Gallery, Carrollton Center for the Arts
July 9th, 2021
ClarinetFest 2021 Presentation:
Yes, YOU Can Rock! A Guide to Clarinet and Guitar Pedals
Featuring Works by Shawn E. Okpebholo & Chris Mothersole
Featuring a variety of acoustic & electroacoustic works written in the 21st century.