CHRIS CHANCE - CLARINET

Clarinetist Chris Chance enjoys a varied performing career as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, recitalist, and occasionally as a concert soloist.  He has played across the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Japan.

A student of Eli Eban, Chris earned a Bachelor of Clarinet Performance and a Performer Diploma in Clarinet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While at IU, he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate award for his Junior Recital, and received an unprecedented second nomination for his Senior Recital.

In addition to currently serving as Principal Clarinet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and clarinetist of the MOSC’s West Texas Winds woodwind quintet, Chris is also Principal Clarinet of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, a summer-festival orchestra based in Columbia, Missouri. In the past, he has been a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Ohio Light Opera, and was offered a position in 2001 with the Orquesta Sinfónica UANL of Monterrey, Mexico. 

Chris has performed as a substitute with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Big Spring Symphony, and as substitute Principal Clarinet for Arizona Opera.  He has also been a guest chamber artist at the Hot Springs music festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

As a concert soloist, Chris has performed with both the Missouri Symphony and the Midland-Odessa Symphony in recent years. In 2015 he and the MOSC gave the Texas premiere of Oscar Navarro's “II Concerto” for clarinet and orchestra.