Chris splits time between sharing the importance of improvisation and engaging with the audience to have them participate on ‘improvised’ work themselves.
In addition to his active career as a performer, drummer Chris Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts in Rochester, NY and beyond as co- Director of the Institute for Creative Music (IfCM). Originally from Spokane, WA, Teal transplanted to Rochester in 2007 to attend the Eastman School of Music (MM ‘09). Along with other Teaching Artists from the IfCM, Teal has presented clinics at the University of Rochester, Whitworth University, the University of Montana, Eastern Washington University, Monroe Community College, and middle schools and high schools in New York, Arizona, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Pennsylvania.
Joining Chris for TedxFlourCity are members of the IfCM Collective, the Institute for Creative Music’s showcase ensemble. Mike Kaupa (trumpet), Mike Frederick (guitar), and Danny Ziemann (bass) are all active performers and educators based in the Rochester area.
The Teaching Artists at the Institute for Creative Music are dedicated to applying their experiences as young performers working in a rapidly changing music scene to crafting a fresh vision for contemporary music education. Through programs that are accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities, IfCM musicians bring not only their performance training at top-tier schools like Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music but also their familiarity with building multifaceted careers in the 21st-century music marketplace. Students benefit from active participation in unique, energetic IfCM learning experiences that emphasize strong musical fundamentals, the flexibility of improvisation, an understanding of current technologies, and peer-directed teamwork as the skills necessary to create their own musical mark on the world. Since 2011, the IfCM has been collaborating with schools, churches, and community centers to create meaningful performances.