Christopher McLaurin is the Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony and a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Before being appointed to these positions, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. His solo engagements have included performing the Xylorimba Solo in Oliver Messiaen’s "Des Canyons Aux Etoles" with Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and Russel Peck’s "The Glory and the Grander" with the National Repertory Orchestra.
Mr. McLaurin has played extra percussion with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and Honolulu Symphony and been a member of the percussion sections of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Napa Valley Symphony. During the summer, he is a percussionist with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO and in past summers has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Scheshwig Holstein Musik Festival, and the Round Top Festival. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, San Jose State University, and attended Cleveland State University.