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Chris Hamlen - Double Bass


Your name:

Chris Hamlen


Your instrument/position in the orchestra:

 Principal Bass


How old were you when you started playing your instrument?




Barto, Pennsylvania


When did you join the orchestra?




Bachelor of Music and Graduate Performance Degree, Peabody Institute of Music

New World Symphony Orchestral Training Academy


What made you choose your instrument?

Assembly demos at my elementary school, I wanted to play the biggest one.


In a few words or sentences, how would you describe yourself?

Easy going, organized, dedicated.



Great guest artists


Favorite Movie and/or TV Show:

Pretty much anything Sci-fi


Who would play you in a movie?

Young Tom Hanks


Favorite foods:

Most spicy foods


Most influential teachers:

John Hood, Robert Kesselman, Jeffrey Turner


Favorite pieces of music:

Mahler 5, Beethoven 4


Dream vacation/trip:

Any amazing beach with clear ocean water.


What is your favorite thing about living in Grand Rapids?

Great local culture, food, beer, coffee.


Last words/parting thoughts:

Grand Rapids is a great city, and great cities have great orchestras.

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