Andrew Chappell joined the Minnesota Orchestra as bass trombonist in fall 2014. He previously was bass trombonist of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Opera as well as a fellow at the New World Symphony. He currently performs with the Burning River Brass ensemble and regularly appears with the Doohickey Seven.
Chappell, a San Francisco native, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oberlin College and Rice University and studied with David Waters, Ray Premru and Gerry Pagano. In between orchestra jobs, Andrew was a freelance musician in Toronto and Houston in addition to teaching many middle schoolers in Texas to stay away from the trombone. Andrew has performed with many orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Nörkopping Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the National Ballet of Canada. Highlights include performances with the Judds, Carol Channing and nearly seeing Grace Jones in concert.
Chappell lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, Kristen Bruya, principal bass of the Minnesota Orchestra. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, cooking, climbing, reading, gardening, baseball, movies and making lists.