Bruce Chrisp

Bruce Chrisp

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Before joining the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, Bruce Chrisp taught trombone at UC Davis.

Active in the Bay Area since 1989, Chrisp is presently principal trombone of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Carmel Bach Festival, Fresno Philharmonic orchestras, and the Opera San Jose orchestra. Additionally, Chrisp performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera and the San Diego Symphony.

Chrisp is in demand as a recording artist and records frequently at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. A founding member of the San Francisco Brass Company, a brass quintet based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chrisp also enjoys performing renaissance and baroque works on a replica of an instrument made in Nuremberg in 1595.

An active sound engineer and producer, Chrisp performed, produced and edited in collaboration with violinist Gabrielle Wunsch a multi-track setting of Giovanni Gabrieli's Sonata Pian'e Forte on original instruments. Recently, he arranged, produced and edited a new version of Woodie Guthrie's “This Land Is Your Land” with the Oakland Symphony. He also performed, produced and edited the Oakland Symphony's presentation of Richard Strauss's “Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare” for the virtual gala in celebration of Vice President Kamala Harris’ historic election. He also arranged a number of 1970’s era television theme songs for what became joyful, expert and slapstick multi-track recording projects during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Chrisp earned a bachelor’s degree of music education from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

BM, University of Michigan