Saxophonist, Christopher “Hunter” Bockes is currently in his first year of Graduate studies at Northwestern University in pursuit of his Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance. He has been a member of their Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Ensemble and is a Graduate Assistant in their chamber music program. Hunter earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC. During his studies he has collaborated with dancers, actors, and other musicians in various ensembles and venues. Among those collaborations was a performance with Olympian, Jeremy Abbott, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with the group, “uncsaX.”
Hunter has been a member of award-winning saxophone quartets including ~Nois, Atchara Saxophone Quartet, Half and Half Saxophone Quartet, and Minerva Saxophone Quartet. Among his awards as a chamber musician are First Prize at the Chicago Chamber Music Competition, 2nd Prize at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Southeastern Regional Conference, and multiple First Prize awards at the North Carolina State MTNA conference. Among his awards as a soloist he most recently received First Place at the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition in Boone, NC. He has also been a finalist in the 2015 and 2016 UNCSA concerto competitions. Outside of his current and past school music groups he has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, and Twin City Stage Theater in Winston-Salem, NC.
He has performed in masterclasses held by world-renowned saxophonists Jean-Michel Goury and Kenneth Tse. He has also worked with saxophonists Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Carrie Koffman, John Sampen, Griffin Campbell, Zachary Shemon, Susan Fancher, Robert Young, and Jonathan Yanik, among others.
His primary teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Steven Stusek, and Dennis Brown.