Assistant Professor of Practice
Blg 37 Rm #139A
Northern Arizona University
String Bass and Jazz Studies
Chris Finet joined the faculty of NAU’s School of Music in the
fall of 2012. He teaches double bass along with directing the jazz ensembles
and teaching jazz improvisation courses.
Originally from the Phoenix area, Chris
attended NAU as an undergraduate studying under late professor, Joel DiBartolo.
While in Arizona he worked with many of the state’s great jazz artists
including Chuck Mahronic, Fred Forney, Dom Moio, and others along with holding
a position in the Flagstaff Symphony. While an undergraduate, he was awarded
full scholarships to attend summer programs at the Berklee School of Music, the
Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Henry Mancini Institute.
After completing his undergraduate studies,
Chris received scholarships from both classical and jazz departments to attend
the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. He Studied with New York Philharmonic
bassists Orin O’Brien and David Grossman as well as Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra members Tim Cobb and Jeremy McCoy, and graduated with his Master of
Music degree in 2008.
Once finished with his studies at MSM, Chris was in demand as a freelancer in
New York in both the jazz and classical realms. Orchestral positions include
the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Allentown
Symphony Orchestra (PA), Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA), the Binghamton Philharmonic
(NY), and Principal Bass of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra (NY). He worked
with renowned conductors such as Kurt Masur, Sydney Harth, Pinchas Zukerman,
Raymond Leopard, and others. In 2008, he also became a member of the
Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas under the direction of Alondra de la
Parra. It was with that orchestra that Chris performed at the 2008 Latin Grammy
Awards, toured Mexico multiple times including performances at the 2010
Bicentennial Celebration, and recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums for Sony
While maintaining a busy schedule as an
orchestral musician, Chris has also performed with jazz greats such as Doc
Severinsen, Roy Hargrove, Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman, Benito Gonzales, Dave
Gruisin, John Tchicai, Flora Purim, Jimmy Cobb, and many others. Performance
venues include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola,
the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, and the Telluride Jazz Festival.
Chris is currently on faculty at Blue Lake
Fine Arts Camp(MI) during summers as well as Principal Bass and bass instructor
at the Endless Mountain Music Festival(PA), along with Assistant Principal Bass
at the Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe, VT. He has presented
masterclasses at California State University Fresno, Arizona State University,
and Mannes College The New School for Music(NYC) among others.