A native of Philadelphia, Christopher Stingle joins the Seattle Symphony as second trumpet after performing eight seasons with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Trumpet and four seasons with the Santa Fe Opera as Principal trumpet. Stingle has enjoyed a varied musical career, including symphony, chamber music and solo appearances up and down the East Coast. He has also made frequent appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and Fort Worth Symphony. Stingle graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, studying with David Bilger. Other influential teachers include Jeffrey Curnow at Temple University, James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music and Joe Burgstaller. A Yamaha Artist, Stingle enjoys hiking with his dog, Abby, a German shepherd, and making the perfect cup of coffee.