Not many musicians have wielded the baton for their own orchestras, but Christopher Wolfe did just that when he served as the BSO’s Assistant Conductor from 1984 to 1987. A lifelong resident of Baltimore, Mr. Wolfe has served in some capacity with the orchestra since 1963.
Mr. Wolfe was educated at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied both clarinet and conducting, and at Towson University. His conducting teachers have included Laszlo Halasz and Leon Barzin as well as Anthony Gigliotti. In 1982 he took second prize in the National Conducting Competition at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. At Tanglewood, he won both the C.D. Jackson and the Albert Spaulding “Outstanding Musician” awards. Among the artists who have shaped his music is jazz legend, Benny Goodman.
In addition to his post with the BSO as Assistant Principal Clarinetist, Mr. Wolfe holds the position of Music Director of the Baltimore Symphonic Band. He has also served as Director of Instrumental Music at Essex Community College and Artistic Director and Founder of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra. Mr. Wolfe continues his interest and involvement in music education and outreach programs with his extensive participation in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Master Class and Concert Program.