Miami Dade College

Kendall Campus

Education
  • Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami
  • Masters of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London
  • Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami

Biography

Dr. Christopher Graham is a native of the Boston area where he began his studies at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School with William Wrzesien of the Boston Ballet. In Boston he has performed at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Sanders Theater at Harvard. Dr. Graham holds B.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Miami. Graham also completed a M.M. at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Dr. Graham performed with orchestras in the UK at the Dukes Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Jacqueline du Pre Music Center, Oxford. In 2002 Dr. Graham received the RAM's prestigious Nicholas Blake Prize for woodwinds. He has participated in summer festivals including Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, the Bowdoin Chamber Music Festival and NEC's Clarinet Summit with Richard Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman.  His main teachers include Margaret Donaghue-Flavin, Angela Malsbury, Timothy Lines, with additional studies under Keith Puddy and Richard Addison. Dr. Graham has participated in masterclasses with Yehuda Gilhad, Michael Collins, Andrew Marriner, Sabine Meyer, Daniel Silver, Ethan Sloane, Bil Jackson, and Sean Osbourne.

In South Florida, Dr. Graham has performed with the Florida Philharmonic, Symphony of the Americas, the Florida Grand Opera and Classical Orchestras, Miami Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Boca Sinfonia, Klezmer Company Orchestra and currently plays with the Opus One Orchestra and Orchestra Miami, at the Arsht, Broward and Kravis Centers for the Performing Arts.

As a chamber musician, Dr. Graham has performed to critical acclaim with the Ibis Camerata in the Eastern U.S. and on international tours to Serbia, Russia and Italy. Dr. Graham can be heard on the Ibis Camerata's debut album Glisten, released on Albany Records in December of 2006 as well as the album Sculpting Clouds, the music of Eric Ewazen released in 2008. While a member of Ibis Camerata from 2003-08, Graham performed regularly at the annual Mainly Mozart Festival in Coral Gables, the Steinway Gallery, as well as at chamber music series in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, and a solo recital at the Newton Chamber Music series in MA.

Dr. Graham has been on the faculty of New World School of the Arts since 2006 and has recently joined the faculty of MDC Kendall and Wolfson campuses. His students have had great successes at All State, have become members of Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and have accepted scholarship positions at summer festivals including BUTI's Tanglewood Institute and the Buffet Crampon Clarinet festival in Jacksonville. Recent graduates of the NWSA clarinet studio have gone on to institutions including the Toronto Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, and University of Miami. Additionally, former students have been offered placement to the clarinet studios at Cincinnati College-Conservatory, University of Michigan, Duquesne, SUNY Potsdam, and Boston University.