Executive Director, Founder
Chris Anderson is the founder of Open Tone Music, a non profit 501c3 organization which provides access to premier music education and performance programming for all people. Through Open Tone Music he has reached thousands of individuals in the northern Ohio area. After studying music education at Baldwin Wallace University, where he received his bachelors, he went on to receive his masters degree in music from The University of Akron. In addition to being a successful music educator, Mr. Anderson composes and performs many different styles of music. He has performed trombone with some of the best in the Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Latin and other musical idioms. Mr. Anderson has had the pleasure of performing with such recording artist as Clark Terry, John Fedchock, Jiggs Whigham, Jon Faddis, Nancy Wilson, Frank Wess, Louie Bellson, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Barry Manilow, Bobby Caldwell, The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band featuring Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Antonio Hart and many others. Chris Anderson has also been heard on national and international radio and television including WCPN, BET and HBO. He is also in demand as a clinician conducting music workshops for individuals of all ages throughout the U.S., South Africa and India. Additionally, Chris Anderson has displayed success in local and national solo competitions. He also teaches at Oberlin Conservatory and can be heard featured on several CD’s. More important than his accolades is his passion to help improve the lives of young people and their communities.