Instrument: Bass Trombone
With the RPO since: 2006
Hometown: San Francisco
When not performing with the RPO, you can find me... Cooking, reading at the library and walking around learning the town and the area.
First music-related memory ... lullabies?
I decided to be a professional musician ... during two summers I spent at Rocky Ridge Music Center in the Rockies.
Favorite travel destination: the Sierras
Influential teachers: Ray Premru, David Waters and Sam Pilafian
Favorite ice cream flavor ... something dark
What are your other "hidden" talents? I can make a sound like a kazoo.
Do you teach private students? Yes, and before coming to Rochester I taught about 40 middle school students for two years.
What other orchestras have you performed with? Houston, New Mexico, New World Symphonies, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and the Malaysian Philharmonic.
What types of music do you like to listen to? I listen to as many kinds of music as I possibly can, but I’m partial to Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and most Hip-Hop.
The RPO is essential to Rochester because ... any arts organization serves its community by providing a resource and an opportunity to look at ideas through senses and guises not encouraged or readily accessible in everyday life. That shared experience can enrich any person's life.
Andrew Chappell has performed with the Houston, New Mexico and New World Symphonies and with the orchestras of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado and the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He also was acting bass trombonist of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and the Malaysian Phiharmonic. Originally from San Francisco, Mr. Chappell received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Rice University.