Christopher Dobbins Associate Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Activities
Wilson Hall 4029
Christopher Dobbins is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Washington and Lee University, where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble and teaches music theory and other courses in the department. Prior to his appointment at W&L, Chris was Director of Bands & Brass Studies at Sul Ross State University and taught at Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M International University, and Saint Mary’s Hall College Preparatory School.
Chris holds a Doctor of Education in music education from the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Utah where he studied with Larry Zalkind, Jim Nova, and Dr. Donn Schaefer. At Utah, he was a graduate teaching assistant for the Utah Bands, working with the Marching Utes, gymnastics band, and serving as a guest conductor with the acclaimed University of Utah Wind Ensemble. Chris also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Hastings College, where he was the institution's Theodore Presser Scholar in 2006.
Chris is a sought after conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. In addition to his academic conducting engagements, he is active as an honor band conductor and music festival conductor, conducting numerous performances including the 2012 West Texas Honor Band and the 2009 Festival Choir at the International Trombone Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. He has been a guest clinician at numerous marching, concert, and jazz festivals throughout the south and southwest, and is often engaged as a guest clinician for high school wind ensembles and marching bands working towards contest.
As a trombonist, Chris has had the opportunity to perform in a wide range of styles. He has performed with the San Antonio Wind Symphony, the Heart of Texas Concert Band, the Orchestra of the Big Bend, the Utah Philharmonia, the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Street Big Band, and the Hastings Symphony Orchestra. He serves as the Assistant Director of the International Trombone Festival, and has been involved with festivals from Salt Lake City, Utah to Aarhus, Denmark and many locations in between.
Chris maintains professional affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, the International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in beautiful Lexington, VA with his wife Heather, daughter Ginny, and a houseful of furry children.
Chris is a Buffet Group artist, and performs exclusively on Antoine Courtois Paris Trombones and Hammond Design mouthpieces.