Meet the Faculty
Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music, joined Lenoir-Rhyne in 1997. He teaches music history and appreciation, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble, world music, and applied brass lessons on trombone and euphonium. He served as coordinator of the music program from 2008-2013, and returned to the role in 2018. He was also the coordinator of music education from 2007-2017.
Dr. Nigrelli is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Western Piedmont Symphony, and was the chair of the Music Director Search following the retirement of its long-time Conductor and Music Director, John Gordon Ross. He also forwarded the cause of music education through serving on the Board of Directors for the LHS Foundation, the governing body for the Harper School of Performing Arts, based in Lenoir, North Carolina. He also served as a member-at-large for the Board of Directors at the inception of the North Carolina Bandmasters Jazz Section. Dr. Nigrelli is the Camp Director for Lenoir-Rhyne Summer Youth Music, which will be in its 8th year in 2020. He regularly conducts jazz and concert band clinics and brass master classes throughout the region.
Dr. Nigrelli held the position of principal trombone in the Western Piedmont Symphony for 19 years. He enjoys performing frequently throughout the southeast, most notably in past work as founding member of the former Charlotte Brass Quintet and Charlotte Chamber Brass, and the Palmetto Posaunen. He is a past winner of the International Trombone Association's Robert Marsteller Solo Competition.
Dr. Nigrelli received his Doctor of Musical Arts in trombone performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.