A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (MM ’09) and Whitworth University (BA ‘05), drummer Chris Teal is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music and a recent transplant to Fayetteville, Arkansas from Rochester, New York. As one of the most in-demand drummers in the upstate, NY, Chris has performed with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, John Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band, and has released two albums with the band Quintopus on ears&eyes Records.
In addition to his active career as a performer, Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts by teaching improvisation for all, aural learning, and student leadership through the Institute for Creative Music.
Along with other Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music, Teal has presented workshops and performances throughout the United States, and was recently a featured presenter at the 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference. Raised in Spokane, WA, Chris maintains a teaching studio through the University of Arkansas Community Music School in Fayetteville.