In 2015 Christopher Wolfe retired from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after fifty-two years as Assistant Principal Clarinet. He has achieved national prominence as a master clinician on his instrument and in conducting. For three seasons, Mr. Wolfe served as the Baltimore Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, during which time he led the orchestra in its main series and in the orchestra’s Music for Youth concert programs at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as well as in venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Educated at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned degrees in clarinet, conducting, and music education, Wolfe went on to refine his skills by studying with noted conductors Leon Barzin and Laszlo Halasz. Among his accolades as a conductor, Wolfe garnered the first C.D. Jackson and the Albert Spaulding “Outstanding Musician” awards at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and earned second prize at the National Conducting Competition in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Professor Wolfe has been a member of the CCBC Music Faculty for over forty years. In 1977, Wolfe founded the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphonic Band, and he teaches Music Fundamentals and Music Appreciation as well as Applied Clarinet and Applied Saxophone. He continues in his role as Director of the Baltimore Symphonic Band.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of working with young people is experiencing the creative spontaneity of performing great music. As a child learns to speak a language, these young and enthusiastic musicians approach music with freshness and an honesty that is transforming not only for them, but for those who experience their emerging talent. Whether they eventually devote their lives to music performance is not the point. They are changed and their awareness of life’s possibilities is heightened in a way that will enhance whatever they do.”— Christopher Wolfe