Christopher Young

Major: Instrumental Performance

Instrument: Cello

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014


Christopher Young, cello, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. The Stamps String Quartet performed classic and contemporary string quartet repertoire, tangos, jazz-inspired works, and more. Chris Young also performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, as well as chamber groups throughout the South Florida region. He studied privately with Ross Harbaugh.

As a member of the Stamps Strings Quartet at the Frost School of Music, Young performed in a Texas Music Educators Clinic in San Antonio, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. He has collaborated with artists Alexander Markov, Mark O’Connor, Pavel Vernikov, Eli Matthews of the Cleveland Orchestra, and hip-hop producer Chip Williams.

Chris Young was born in Santa Maria, California and grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he began his cello studies at the age of 8 with Janet McIntosh. He attended Skyline High School to study with Dr. Robert Tueller of Brigham Young University - Idaho. For his senior year of high school, Christopher attended Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan, where he studied with Crispin Campbell and served for several concert cycles as principal cello of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. In April 2010, he was honored as a National Merit Scholar, and he graduated from Interlochen with summa cum laude honors.

While in Idaho, Young served as principal cello in the Eastern Idaho Youth Symphony, and in 2009 performed the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto in the symphony’s concerto competition. That same year, he also was invited to participate in an inter-northwest honors orchestra conducted by Gerald Schwarz at MENC’s All-Northwest Music Conference.

Upon graduating from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Christopher Young was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan, studying with Richard Aaron.

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“At the end of the week at the Julliard String Quartet Seminar, we performed in Lincoln Center, which all of us considers a huge highlight of our time together.”--Chris Young