Michael Christoph has been an affiliate instructor at MSU Denver since 2010, teaching bassoon as well as music theory labs and music appreciation. As a performer, he is building a reputation for his rich, dark tone and heartfelt musicianship.
A dedicated chamber musician, Michael has enjoyed a variety of collaborations in Arizona and Colorado. He is a founding member of the Boulder Bassoon Quartet, which premiered Kent Hurd’s So Cliché at the 2011 conference of the International Double Reed Society; he also serves as bassoonist of the Metro Faculty Woodwind Consort. He co-founded and organized the Among Friends mixed-media chamber music series in Boulder, and he was a founding member of the Elision Wind Quintet of Tucson, AZ. Since 2010, Michael has performed chamber music with Rufus Olivier, Jr. (principal bassoonist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra), composer/pianist Bill Douglas, flutist Emma Shubin, and pianists Peggy Lyon and Noah Barkan; he also enjoys regular collaborations with several of MSU Denver’s faculty. In 2009, he coordinated a fully realized performance of Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon, and String Orchestra.
Michael served as principal bassoonist at Opera in the Ozarks from 2004-2005, as well as principal bassoonist of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra 2010-2011. Other professional orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Niwot-Timberline Orchestra and the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra along Colorado’s Front Range, as well as appearances with orchestras in the Nashville area. Michael has served as co-principal bassoonist at the Sewannee Summer Music Festival and the Colorado College Summer Chamber Music Festival. In addition to his primary teachers Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, William Dietz, and James Lotz, Michael has studied with Michael Kroth, Michael Burns, and William Winstead.