MM, Kent State University
Christopher Bowmaster began his musical studies on the piano at age 5, and followed with the clarinet at age 11. Mr. Bowmaster first clarinet instructor, Alexander Stuart, was a former Robert Marcellus student with whom he had the pleasure of studying with until the beginning of his college career in 2002.
Mr. Bowmaster began his Undergraduate degree at West Virginia University studying with Dr. John Weigand until transferring to Youngstown State University where he completed his undergraduate studies with Bob Fitzer and Dr. Alice Wang. He then decided to further his education with Dr. Dennis Nygren at Kent State University. After graduating in 2010 with his Master’s of Music degree in Clarinet Performance, Mr. Bowmaster returned to West Virginia University in pursuit of the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance once again under the tutelage of Dr. John Weigand.
Mr. Bowmaster was fortunate enough to begin his professional career at the young age of 23. After winning an audition to play Second and E-flat clarinets with the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes (OSSLA) in Culiacan, Sinaloa Mexico, he returned to the United States in 2008 after completing two full seasons. Since then Mr. Bowmaster has played with the Warren Packard Band, and has performed musicals at Point Park University. He has also performed with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warren Western Reserve Opera Company, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Bowmaster is currently a clarinet repair specialist for Rice Clarinet Works, instructs clarinet at Marietta College, performs regularly, and continues to pursue his Doctorate at West Virginia University while living in Morgantown, WV.