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  • Band/Affiliation: Kansas City Symphony
  • School / Univ. / Institution: University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Country: United States
 Christopher McLaurin is the Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony and a member of the percussion faculty at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Before being appointed to his positions in Kansas City, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. His solo engagements have included performing Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons Aux Etoiles with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Russel Peck's The Glory and the Grandeur with the National Repertory Orchestra. Mr. McLaurin has played extra percussion with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Honolulu Symphony. He has recorded with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Kansas City Symphony.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he earned a Bachelors of Music degree at San Jose State University where he studied with San Francisco Symphony percussionist and composer Anthony J. Cirone. After graduating, he moved to New York City to earn a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School where he studied with MET Opera Principal Percussionist Greg Zuber, and afterward studied at Cleveland State University where he worked with Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Timpanist, Tom Freer. During the summers, Christopher plays with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO, and in past summers was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Salzau, Germany, and the Round Top Music Festival. He endorses Pearl/Adams Percussion Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, and Freer Percussion.

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