Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa with a Jazz Studies Emphasis. He also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with emphasis in Guitar Performance and Film Scoring. Chris has over 20 years of experience in live performance. He enjoys playing with many musical groups and ensembles ranging in styles from rock, jazz, folk, blues, country, classical guitar to church services and big band. Over the past ten years, he has been active in the Iowa City music scene and currently performs regularly with the Jazz Vespers group at Trinity Episcopal Church under the heading of Prof. John Rapson (director of the University of Iowa Jazz Department). Chris teaches all styles of guitar and welcomes students of all ages and is especially committed to motivating young students early on. Among his teaching goals are helping his students learn how to read music, understand music theory and develop a good ear. In order to showcase their progress and have an opportunity to perform, students may participate in an optional, yearly recital.