"I love that Handel forgot to include trombones. Good job, George!"
Andrew Chappell, who joined the Minnesota Orchestra as bass trombonist in fall 2014, also holds that position with the Santa Fe Opera and the Cleveland-based ensemble Burning River Brass. In addition, he performs regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Chappell, a San Francisco native, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oberlin College and Rice University, respectively, and won a fellowship to perform with the New World Symphony. He subsequently performed as acting bass trombonist with the Malaysian Philharmonic and Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and was appointed bass trombonist of the Rochester Philharmonic, where he remained for five years. Chappell has also performed with orchestras including the Houston Symphony, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, as well as with the revival of Les Miserables and with singer-songwriter Feist at the ceremony for Canada’s Juno Awards.
Chappell lives in South Minneapolis with his partner, Kristen Bruya, who was recently appointed principal bass of the Minnesota Orchestra. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, cooking, climbing and watching baseball.