Michael Kris is a Teaching Professor at the University of North Carolina and he is also part of the teaching faculty at Duke University. An active performer, he is Bass Trombone with the Eastern Music Festival, Low Brass Mentor of the National Music Festival, Bass Trombone with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and Principal Trombone of the North Carolina Opera Orchestra, Carolina Ballet Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is a former member of the North Carolina Symphony, serving as both Principal Trombone and Second Trombone, and has performed with several orchestras throughout the eastern United States.
Apart from his ensemble work on the modern trombone, Mr. Kris is an active soloist and clinician on historic trombone, performing and teaching internationally. Most recently, he presented concerts in London with Kings College, London, and at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. At the University of North Carolina, he teaches low brass and chamber music. His research concentration is historic trombone and ensemble music of the late Renaissance and the early Baroque.
Mr. Kris attended McNeese State University earning a Bachelor of Music Education followed by a Master of Music in Trombone Performance at the Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers are William G. Rose and Tony Chipurn, Principal Trombone (retired) of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
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