As an active bassoonist, Dr. Christopher Wickham has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hawaii as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Native of Portland, Oregon, Wickham holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University, Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, Master of Music degree from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State University. During his studies he participated in such festivals as the National Repertory Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival. In 2004 Wickham was selected as a guest Artist/Teacher in Residence at the Crane School of Music in New York as part of Teach Music in NYC program sponsored by VH-1 and Hillary Clinton.
In 2005 Wickham made his solo debut in Hawaii with the Kona Ohana Orchestra playing the Weber Bassoon Concerto. Since then he has been a featured soloist with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band (2010, 2011), Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenile de Nuevo Leon (2007), and the Facuildad Orquesta de Camara (2007) in Monterrey, Mexico. Currently Christopher holds positions as principal bassoon of the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey and contrabassoon of Amarillo Symphony in Texas. His previous positions have been with the Orquesta Sinfonica de UANL, Midland Odessa Symphony and Choral, West Texas Woodwind Quintet and has performed with other orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony, Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), and Vancouver Symphony. He has also worked with such artists as Jay-Z and Pink Martini.
As an educator and conductor Wickham held the positions of Band Director/Music Director at the Konawaena Schools in Kona, Hawaii (2005-06), Band Director for Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy (2005-06, 2010), and Music Director and Conductor of the Kona Ohana Orchestra (2006). Christopher has been a faculty member at the Esquela de Artes de Musicales and Esquela de Musica y Danza, in Monterrey Mexico in 2006-07. Currently he is on faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers Extension Division, Arcadia University, Westminster Conservatory, and is the Woodwind Director of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey.
Dr. Wickham is the proprietor of CW Reeds, a bassoon reed making company established in 2007. In addition to teaching, performing music and reed making, Christopher is an active choreographer and drill designer for marching bands and color guards throughout Texas, Hawaii, and the North East. He is the Visual Caption Head of the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights and the Color Guard Caption Head at Edison High School in New Jersey.