Present and Past
Christopher Chlumsky (double bass)
Double and Electric Bassist, Christopher Chlumsky is a native and current Baltimorean while growing up just across the state line in Shrewsbury, PA. Chris is an active freelancer and teacher in the Baltimore and DC regions largely playing with national touring musicals at the Hippodrome, National Theater and Wolftrap venues and as a current substitute for shows at the Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera and electric bass sub with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Chris also regularly performs with the Concert Artists of Baltimore, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, pit band/orchestra of the Everyman Theater, pit band/orchestra of the Tony Award winning Signature Theater, substitution with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, several local jazz, funk, blues, big band ensembles and also co-owner/founder of his own corporate/wedding band operation.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and having the fortune of studying with the late Roger Scott, former principal of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Chris won immediately his first position after graduation as associate principal bassist with the Sinfonica de Galicia of La Coruna, Spain. After remaining for 2 years, Chris returned to the US to study with Robert Kesselman of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra attending graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Chris continued to win positions with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, substitution with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and toured nationally and internationally with Heifetz and the Classical Band as both a soloist and chamber musician. As a teacher of both double and electric bass, Chris has an active private studio always open to new students and has held adjunct bass professor positions at York College, Washington College and at the Music Institution of La Coruna, Spain. He also participates with the community outreach programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and has done master classes with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, York Junior Symphony and Fairfax youth orchestra programs.