Dr. Christopher Anderson is currently on the faculty of Parkland College in Champaign, IL, where he teaches clarinet and saxophone. Since 2008, Dr. Anderson has also taught at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL, where he teaches music theory and history courses. In addition to his instructional duties at Parkland College and Richland Community College, Dr. Anderson was appointed as Lecturer of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Fall 2016 semester as sabbatical replacement for Professor Debra Richtmeyer. Additionally, Dr. Anderson maintains a private studio of nearly 40 saxophone and clarinet students in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Dr. Anderson has established himself internationally as a specialist in new music for saxophone. As a result of his enthusiastic and imaginative approach to new music, he has had numerous works dedicated to him and has had the opportunity to collaborate with many composers. Most recently, he has premiered works by Dr. Stephen Andrew Taylor, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Robert Lemay, and Christian Lauba.


Dr. Anderson holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ithaca College, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His primary teachers have included: Debra Richtmeyer, Steven Mauk, Otis Murphy, and Eugene Rousseau.

Dr. Christopher Anderson is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Vandoren Mouthpieces, Ligatures, and Reeds.

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