Christopher Jewell is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He also regularly performs with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has served as Principal Bassoon of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, New World Symphony, and Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Jewell has appeared as a soloist with ensembles at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention. As a clinician and adjudicator, he has presented master classes at schools throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as James Madison University and the University of Missouri and has served as a judge for the MTNA Woodwinds Competition.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Georgetown University’s Friday Music Series and has been featured on WETA’s Front Row Washington. Mr. Jewell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he studied with Barbara Wood and Edward Dolbashian. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Patricia Rogers, Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.