Christopher J. O'Hara is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, chamber musician, and educator. At the age of 16 in his home town of Bensenville, Illinois, he formed his first brass quintet; in 1995, he was honored by WGN television for his efforts with that ensemble. Then at 17, he formed his second brass quintet, the internationally acclaimed Synergy Brass Quintet. As founder of the Synergy Brass Quintet, he has been a regular guest on NPR's The Front Row, performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and as a guest artist for The Boston Pops. He also recorded four albums with the quintet.As an advocate for new music, Chris has commissioned several works including Robert Martin's Four Places in New York for two trumpets, Karl Henning's The Angel Who Bears a Flaming Sword, R. Christopher Teichler's Ballad, and Dancing Embers by Robert J. Bradshaw which he premiered at the 36th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild. He can also be heard on the premiere recording of Samuel Adler's "Transfiguration: An Ecumenical Mass" on the album A Prophecy of Peace. Chris has served on the faculties of the Shenandoah Arts Academy (Winchester, VA), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Lenox, MA), the Festival de Musica de Camara (Aguascalientes, Mexico), the International Institute and Festival at Round Top (Round Top, TX), and the South Shore Conservatory (Hingham, MA).Chris is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and Denis Wick mouthpieces, mutes, and accessories. Chris performs exclusively on Bach Trumpets, the Conn Vintage One Flugelhorn, and Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes.He can be heard on recordings on the Paraclete, AAR, Radian Arts, and Rowjac labels and has appeared on National Public Radio, NBC, WGN, the Hallmark Channel, and more.