Northern Arizona University
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.
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.