Christopher Ulffers is associate professor of Bassoon at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he also serves as Associate Director of the School of Music. Mr. Ulffers was the recipient of the Robert and Lina Mays Award for Teaching Excellence in 1997 and taught a variety of courses in music history, literature, and appreciation prior to his administrative appointment. Mr. Ulffers holds degrees in bassoon performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Indiana University. His teachers include Robert Wisneskey, Robert Mottl, Ryohei Nakagawa, Sidney Rosenberg, Leonard Sharrow and Kim Walker. Mr. Ulffers has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and was a bassoonist and staff librarian with the National Repertory Orchestra for five summers. Most recently he was on the artist/faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. Ulffers frequently collaborates with members of the ECU faculty and other musicians throughout the region appearing at the ECU New Music Festival, American Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Wilmington and the Virginia Waterfront Arts Festival. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the ECU Symphony, ECU Wind Ensemble, ECU Chamber Singers and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle of Durham of which he serves as principal bassoonist. He was contrabassoonist with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera from 1993-2003 appearing with the orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and on several recordings. He is frequently called upon as an extra musician by orchestras throughout the southeast appearing regularly with the North Carolina Symphony throughout the state in Educational, Pops and Classical series concerts. He resides in Greenville with his wife and three children.