Originally from Miami, Florida saxophonist Chris Dickhaus has garnered a reputation as a performer and educator.
From 2006-2016, Chris built an active performance schedule throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and had the opportunity to perform in all the major venues in the area. As a former member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the North Texas Wind Symphony, Chris performed a vast amount of contemporary wind orchestra literature and, under the baton of Eugene Corporon, has been included on fifteen recordings.
In addition to being an integral player in the freelancer scene, Chris was a two-time MTNA National Chamber Music Competition finalist (2008-09) as part of the North Texas Saxophone Quartet, earned first place at the North Carolina MTNA solo competition (2005), second place at the MTNA southern region solo competition (2006), and has performed as soloist throughout the United States and abroad, including at the XVI World Saxophone Congress in Scotland.
During this time, as an educator, Chris grew and maintained a robust studio of over 65 pre-college students each year, over 70 of whom went on to success at All-Region, with 5 All-State placements, and many more receiving superior ratings and awards at Solo, and Ensemble competitions. In 2016, Chris moved from Texas to Iowa to begin work as Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Northern Iowa.
Chris holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Texas, having studied with Dr.’s Steven Stusek, and Eric Nestler, respectively.
Currently residing in Minneapolis, Chris is pursuing a DMA at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, under the tutelage of Dr. Preston Duncan. Since 2017, Chris has also taught at Winona State University as Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone.