Christopher Elchico (soprano saxophone) currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he served as the clarinet coach for the students of the Los Angeles orchestra of Esperanza Azteca from 2015-17. The orchestras of Esperanza Azteca were first established in 2009 in Mexico as an opportunity for students age 7-18 to be provided the experience of performing in a large ensemble setting. With the addition of its first orchestra in the United States (Los Angeles), Esperanza Azteca has expanded to include 77 orchestras in Mexico and 2 in El Salvador. Chris currently studies clarinet with Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Principal Clarinetist, Burt Hara and performs in large ensemble and chamber music settings as a freelance musician in LA.
Chris is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied clarinet with Professor James Campbell and saxophone with Dr. Otis Murphy. While pursuing his Master of Music degree at IU, Chris performed as a member of the IU Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Summer Orchestra, University Orchestra, Saxophone Ensemble, and several chamber groups. As a soloist, he performed as a finalist in March 2014 during the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition. Originally from Santa Clarita, California, he received his Bachelor of Arts in saxophone performance from UCLA as a pupil of Dr. Doug Masek.
While at UCLA, Chris played soprano saxophone in the Angeles Saxophone Quartet. The group received the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds & Brass at the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and won the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The ASQ were also finalists in the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and the 2009 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and they were semi-finalists in the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Chris has had the opportunity to perform with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble, the Music Academy of the West, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. During the 2012-13 academic year, Chris served as an Associate Instructor of Saxophone for the studio of Dr. Otis Murphy, and along with playing clarinet & saxophone he enjoys cooking, playing basketball, the beaches of the West Coast, and spending time with his family.