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Christopher McLaurin

Adjunct Professor of Music

Christopher T. McLaurin, G.D. The Juilliard School; B.M. San Jose State University, Additional Studies at Cleveland State University.

Christopher McLaurin is the principal percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony and adjunct assistant professor of percussion at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Prior to these appointments, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. McLaurin’s solo engagements have included performing the xylorimba solo in Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and Russel Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur with the National Repertory Orchestra. McLaurin has played extra percussion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Honolulu Symphony. During the summer, he is a percussionist with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and in past summers has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Scheshwig Holstein Musik Festival, and the Round Top Festival. As an educator, McLaurin was previously on the faculties of the University of Kansas, Oklahoma State University, and Truman State University. He has presented master classes at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Kansas Day of Percussion, and the Missouri Day of Percussion. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, San Jose State University, and attended Cleveland State University. He is a Freer Percussion Orchestral Artist and an endorser of Pearl Adams and Zildjian Cymbals.

Click here for Chris's video Xylophone excerpt: Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, with Christopher McLaurin.