Bruce Chrisp and Musicians of the Oakland Symphony

This project inspired Karen Lile to partner with the Oakland Symphony on the project Break Free on Wings of Music.

July 3, 2020
This video was created by Bruce Chrisp and the Musicians of the Oakland Symphony on July 3, 2020 during the pandemic.

July 7, 2020
Karen Earle Lile interviewed Bruce Chrisp about the project on Sail Sport Talk

About Bruce Chrisp:

Bruce Chrisp is the principal trombonist with the Marin, Santa Rosa, Fresno, Napa Valley, Santa Cruz County, Vallejo, and Carmel Bach Festival orchestras.

He has also performed with many other orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet, the Oregon Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Music Performance degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His major teachers have been Mark Lawrence, H. Dennis Smith, and Edward Zadrosny. 

Chrisp has performed in many festivals, including the Salzburg Summer Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Music Academy of the West, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and the Ernest Bloch Festival. He is also on faculty with the preparatory division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Musicians of Oakland Symphony

The Musicians of the Oakland Symphony formed as its own group as early as 1986. Kendall Ross Bean performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto with this group during a transition time between administrations and Karen Lile produced the event.