Mercyhurst University

Christopher Rapier, B.A.

Instructor of French Horn

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Christopher Rapier received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and studied with Laura Klock (principal horn with Springfield, MA Symphony) and Ralph Pottle (utility horn with the Boston Symphony) while attending.  Chris studied with Richard Solis (principal horn with the Cleveland Orchestra) and Alan DeMattia (2nd horn with the Cleveland Orchestra) after being accepted at Cleveland Institute of Music to work toward a master’s degree in performance. He is principal horn for Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Erie Ballet, Erie Opera Theater, and Beamus Bay Pops Orchestra.  Chris has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Opera Cleveland, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, the former Cleveland Ballet, and with the Praise Team at his church on Sunday mornings.  He has toured New England and performed on a live broadcast on Cleveland's classical radio station WCLV with the Metropolitan Brass Quintet (from Cleveland, OH). Mr. Rapier teaches French Horn at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH, Pfabe’s Music in Painesville, OH, and also maintains a private teaching studio.