Christopher Mallett has performed and taught throughout North America and Asia. He has been featured as a soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony and the Hamden Symphony Orchestra. Christopher has done extensive outreach work with his guitar duo, Duo Noire. In 2009, Duo Noire was awarded the Alumni Ventures Grant from Yale University which helped fund their outreach tour that included concerts throughout New England and New York. Christopher is frequently invited to the St. Louis Guitar Society as an Artist-In- Residence where he has worked with thousands of children in the St. Louis public school system. In addition to serving on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz, Christopher is also the co-founder and co-director of the California Conservatory of Guitar in Santa Clara.
Pedagogical Philosophy: Emphasis on musicality, technique, tone production and performance practice. Working with students to help make them critical thinkers by not only correcting their mistakes, but by helping change the way they think about music and technique. Encourage students to perform as often as possible to help with performance anxiety and prepare students to become successful performers, educators and artists.