OPERAnauts Performing Artist, Bassoonist
Native of Portland, Oregon, Christopher Wickham earned a doctor of musical arts from Rutgers University, and holds performance degrees and certifications from Mannes College of Music, Temple University, SUNY Potsdam, and Portland State University. He participated in festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival. Wickham was selected as an artist/teacher in residence at the SUNY Crane School of Music as part of Teach Music in NYC program sponsored by VH-1 and Hillary Clinton.
In 2012, Wickham premiered Joseph Hallman’s “Episodes” for solo bassoon and wind band commissioned for Rutgers Symphony Band. Other recent premieres have included an arrangement of Donizetti’s “Una Furtiva Lagrima” for solo bassoon and bassoon ensemble at West Texas A&M BASSOON BASH in 2015. He has also been a featured soloist with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenile de Nuevo Leon, and the Facuildad Orquesta de Camara UANL. Wickham holds the position of principal bassoon with Riverside Symphonia as well as the Eastern Wind Symphony. He has been a member of other orchestras including the Orquesta Sinfonica de UANL, Amarillo Symphony, and Midland Odessa Symphony and Choral. He has performed with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Symphony in C, Delaware and Harrisburg Symphonies. He has also worked with Jay-Z, Pink Martini, and Michael Werba, of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Wickham’s role at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts transitioned from student to faculty member upon completion of his doctoral studies. He is actively changing the double reed culture with his inception of the RU BACOUSTICS Ensemble which was a featured performer and instrumental to the inaugural “Double Reed Flash Mob” at the 2014 IDRS Conference in NYC. He is the woodwind director of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, director of bassoon at JP Stevens High School, the NJ AllStar Bassoon Ensemble, and founder/director of the annual BASSOONAPOLOOZA festival.
Wickham has held positions at the Konawaena and Kamehameha Schools, Esquela de Artes de Musicales and Esquela de Musica y Danza, in Monterrey Mexico, Arcadia University and Westminster Conservatory. Wickham established CW Reeds, a reed making company, in 2007. In addition to teaching, performing music, and reed making, Wickham is an active choreographer and drill designer for marching bands and color guards and has held the positions of visual caption head of the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights and the color guard caption head at Edison High School in New Jersey.