Fairmount Strings

Musicians

Our members are full-time musicians who, in addition to performing at the highest level, conduct themselves in a professional, courteous manner and do their utmost to create the event and sound that our clients have envisioned.

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Christopher DiSanto

Christopher DiSanto

Clarinet

Dr. Christopher Di Santo is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Classical Music Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where he teaches courses in music appreciation, music theory, and conducting, as well as conducting chamber ensembles. He was formerly on the music faculties of Moravian College, Swarthmore College, West Chester, Lehigh and Rowan Universities. In December 2006, he accepted an invitation to Shanghai, China where he performed as soloist with the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and conducted a series of masterclasses with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s highly talented and advanced clarinet students.  

As a performer, Dr. Di Santo is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, a position he has held since 1991. He has participated in music festivals in both North America and Europe, having performed throughout venues in the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany and Italy. Recording credits include Lee Pui Ming’s She Comes to Shore: concerto for improvised piano and orchestra in 2010 with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony on the Naxos/Innova label. In 2006-2007 he recorded Mozart’s Requiem K. 626 and Verdi Requiem with Vox Ama Deus Ensemble on the Lyrichord label and in 2012, a clarinet quartet by Robert Russell Bennett for a privately-funded project that includes the complete chamber music of Bennett. His clarinet playing and commentary were highlighted on NPR’s Morning Edition on October 9, 2004, later broadcast in translation over Voice of America, throughout Europe and the former Soviet Republics. Christopher’s free-lance work in the greater Philadelphia region includes orchestral and chamber music performances with Concerto Soloists, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Reading and Delaware Symphony Orchestras.   

Publishing credits include articles in The Clarinet (the official journal of the International Clarinet Association), and the International Alliance for Women in Music journal. Other media credits include filmed on location in September 2011 at Shore Medical Center’s new surgical pavilion in Somers Point New Jersey and broadcast on CBS and ABC affiliates throughout New Jersey, Delaware and Philadelphia.

Dr. Di Santo earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University, where he held a Conwell Fellowship, a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music Education degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University. He was chosen for inclusion in the ninth edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005 and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1993. His clarinet teachers include Anthony Gigliotti, Alan Hacker, Howard Klug, Dr. Donald E. McGinnis, and Dr. Robert A. Titus. He lives in Springfield, with his wife Karen, also a professional clarinetist, and their two children.