A jazz/classical/pop pianist and singer from the Southern Maine/NH Seacoast area, Chris has worked with some of New England's finest instrumentalists and vocalists. He taught jazz piano at The University of Southern Maine, and also taught jazz voice at Bowdoin College.. He is often a guest conductor and clinician, having led district and All-State jazz festivals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Chris is Director of Music at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine. Cheverus is a private catholic high school with a vibrant, award-winning music program. Mr. Humphrey also held the position as Director of Vocal Jazz at the University of Southern Maine, where he taught two vocal jazz ensembles, jazz combos, and vocal jazz lessons. He has been the director of bands at Bonny Eagle High School, in Standish, Maine. He has been coordinator of music for the Portland, Maine public schools. He has been a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, and his ensembles have performed in New York City, Germany, Italy, and France. They have been invited to perform at several music festivals including the 1997 Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. At the University, Mr. Humphrey conducted the Bratton Hall Jazz Band, and was director of the UNH Wildcat Marching Band. Before joining the faculty at UNH, Mr. Humphrey was a public school band director in the Belmont, Massachusetts school system.
As a jazz performer, Mr. Humphrey has been dubbed an "outstanding talent" (Sheila Jordan) and "quite a creative force" (Roberta Davis) by critics and performers who have heard his work. He has performed at Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Fukuoka, Japan. He has also appeared at numerous jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Humphrey is in frequent demand as a clinician, performer, conductor, arranger, and composer. He has had works for concert band, chorus, jazz choir and marching band commissioned by several New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts school music programs. He has guest conducted at numerous festivals throughout New England, as well as Washington State, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Germany.
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Chris Humphrey (Piano, Keyboard, Vocals)