A native of Austin, Texas, Christopher Mothersole is Instructor of Clarinet & Chamber Music at the University of West Georgia. Prior to his appointment in 2019, he served as principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony and 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.
Praised for his "pure, yet colorful tone and amazing technical facility", Christopher has performed on both sides of the Atlantic under the baton 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 Orchestra 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 fusing it with hip-hop and electronic music.
Christopher's most recent work places him at the forefront of clarinet performance with guitar effect pedals. He has presented on this topic for the International Clarinet Association on multiple occasions, demonstrating the enhanced sound capabilities of using live effects and working together with composers to create new music for what has been nicknamed "EFX Clarinet". His duo CLX, together with Timothy Fitzgerald (Professor of Clarinet, University of North Georgia), presented & performed at ClarinetFest 2021 with the goal of empowering performers with the knowledge and tools to get started with using effects pedals. Recent compositions and commission projects include two works by Jenni Brandon (Cacophony for Clarinet & Delay, Chansons de la Nature for Clarinet & Delay) and three of Christopher's own compositions (Diptych for EFX Clarinet Duo, Autokinesis for Solo EFX Clarinet, and Cloudburst for Solo EFX Clarinet).
Christopher enjoys a life of freelancing in the Southeast region, having performed with ensembles including the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. In addition to serving as a woodwind instructor for the Carroll Symphony'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 (Scholar & Director of the Royal College of Music).
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October 14th, 2022
American Single Reed Summit
Lecture: Amped! Pedal Effects for Single Reeds
October 21st, 2022
Reinhardt University Honor Band Clinic
Solo Performance with Carrollton Junior High Wind Ensemble
November 15th, 2022
Scott McAllister's Black Dog (EFX Version)
Solo Performance with Carrollton High School Wind Ensemble
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