Saxophonist and music educator Chris Mickel currently resides in his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. He has been playing saxophone for about 25 years, having studied jazz and classical performance. He is a versatile a musician and has experience performing in many settings from rock and jazz to chamber music and solo classical repertoire.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University, with his major research project being on the Glazunov saxophone concerto. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Virginia State University in 1999 and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Louisville in 2002. He has studied saxophone with the following teachers: Michael Ibrahim, Morgantown, WV (2008 – 2011); David Wright, Morgantown, WV (2007 – 2008); John Moore, Louisville, KY (2001 – 2002); Michael Tracy, Louisville, KY (2000 – 2001); Gary Stringer, Charleston, WV (1996 – 1999); and Mel Gillespie, Charleston, WV (1992 – 1996).