Christopher O'Hara


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  • Bensenville, IL
  • Highland Park High School
  • John Hersey High School
  • Downers Grove South High School

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Professional Associations

Bach/Conn-Selmer/Denis Wick Performing Artist and Clinician


  • BM - The Boston Conservatory
  • MM - Boston University
  • Internationally renown soloist, chamber musician, and educator
  • Bach/Conn-Selmer/Denis Wick Performing Artist and Clinician
  • Founder of the Synergy Brass Quintet



Background & Experience

Chris O’Hara is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, a chamber musician, and an educator. His playing is described as “virtuosic and impressive in every way” (Chicago Music Examiner) and “a treat beyond measure” (Arlington Advocate).
Already in his young career, Chris has performed over 2,000 events covering 47 states and 11 countries across North America, Europe, Great Britain, and Asia. His performance schedule has taken him to notable venues such as the Ravinia Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Bethlehem Musikfest, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Festival de Camara de Musica in Aquacalientes Mexico, the Nagoya Conservatory of Music, and Millennium Hall in Japan.
Chris has served on the faculties of the Shenandoah Arts Academy (Winchester, VA), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Lenox, MA), The Festival de Musica de Camara (Aguascalientes, Mexico), the International Institute and Festival at Round Top (Round Top, TX) and has served as the Brass Department Chairman of the South Shore Conservatory (Hingham, MA) where he founded the South Shore Conservatory Trumpet Workshop, a summer music seminar for talented New England trumpet students. Chris is also a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and Denis Wick mouthpieces, mutes, and accessories and has presented countless master classes and clinics at public schools and the world’s finest colleges and universities. Chris performs exclusively on Bach Trumpets, the Conn Vintage One Flugelhorn, and Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes. He can be heard on recordings on the Rowjac, Paraclete, and AAR labels and has appeared on National Public Radio, NBC, WGN, the Hallmark Channel, and more.