Mr. Ritter

Wind conductor and saxophonist Chris Ritter (b. 1985) has established himself as a vibrant young musician in Pennsylvania and Southern New England.


Committed to the pursuit of great music for winds and percussion, he has programmed works by Gabrieli, Mendelssohn, Grainger, Ives, Colgrass, Ticheli and many others. Chris is currently the Director of Bands at Waynesboro Area Senior High School (PA; 2013 to present) and an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University (PA; 2014-present), where he conducts/coaches single reed chamber ensembles. Prior to completing graduate study as assistant to his mentor, Dennis Glocke, Chris taught at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts (Bethlehem, PA), served as Interim Director of Bands at East Stroudsburg High School South (PA), and was a substitute music teacher in the greater Pittsburgh area. As a dedicated faculty member of the Honors Music Institute at Penn State (formerly, Summer Music at Penn State), he served as Head Counselor (2013), Academic Coordinator (2012), Saxophone Instructor (2007), Academic Elective Instructor (2006-2008), and Counselor (2005-2008). 

Previous solo performances have featured the works of Desenclos, Yoshimatsu, Mobberley, Rogers, Noda, et al. Chris was a performing member of the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble (RIWE) and served on the RIWE Board of Directors (2012-2013). His university saxophone quartet, Reed Disorder, performed at the 2007 International Saxophone Symposium presented by the U.S. Navy Band at George Mason University. Past European appearances include Jazz à Vienne and the Montreux Jazz Festival as a member of the State College Area High School Jazz Band (’03). 

He and a colleague served as session clinicians at the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference under the title: "Google Apps for Music Education: Tracking Growth Through ePortfolios." Chris reprised the presentation at the 2015 PMEA Summer Conference by invitation of the professional development coordinator.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University (’07) where he studied with Dr. David Stambler (saxophone), Dr. O. Richard Bundy and Dennis Glocke (conducting). He resumed study with Glocke in 2010 and earned a Master of Music degree in Band and Wind Ensemble Conducting (Penn State, ’12).

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