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Christopher Brellochs Adjunct Artist

Saxophone 

As a both a classical and jazz saxophonist Christopher Brellochs has performed extensively throughout New York City from venues like Birdland, the 55 Bar, and Smoke to prestigious Carnegie Hall. International performances and lectures have included the 2018 World Saxophone Congress, ”Gilded Age America: Caryl Florio and the Vanderbilts” (Zagreb, Croatia), Selmer Paris and Vandoren showrooms (Paris, France), and the 2015 World Saxophone Congress, “Aaron Copland’s Forgotten Score Re-emerges: The Chamber Version of QUIET CITY” (Strasbourg, France).

Brellochs’ recordings include Quiet City (2011) which features the world premiere recording of Aaron Copland’s complete incidental music for Quiet City; Brellochs worked from the unpublished manuscript to bring this adaptation to life, which The Copland Estate and Boosey & Hawkes have embraced and published. The recording received radio play on National Public Radio: Weekend Edition and Performance Today, and print reviews in Gramophone (Awards 2011) and Der Spiegel magazines.

Brellochs is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie, New York) where he conducts the Mid-Hudson Community Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and typically teaches History of Music, Aural Skills, and Music Theory. He has also created a YouTube video series on music theory (https://www.youtube.com/user/cbrellochs/).

His 2018-2019 sabbatical project, “Music of the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley,” entails research and the creation of partnerships with historic estates to present site-specific music programs in 19th music rooms; a documentary of each program is being created to raise awareness of this region’s unique historic and cultural value.
  • BM, Ithaca College; MA, New York University; DMA Rutgers University
  • At Vassar since 2018

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