Meet the Brass Faculty
Chris Imhoff is the trumpet professor at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. In addition to teaching trumpet and working with various chamber ensembles, Chris teaches sophomore level Music Theory and Aural Skills.
Before settling in Greenville, Chris spent 5 years on the road touring North America with various broadway shows, including The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Shrek, the Musical, and Catch Me If You Can.
He has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra, Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Richmond (IN) Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, and Brevard Philharmonic.
He plays for musicals and other productions at Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theatre of North Carolina. Chris regularly performs with a several groups in the Greenville, SC and Western North Carolina areas, including Steel Toe Stiletto, The Greenville Jazz Collective.
Chris is a Powell Trumpets Performing Artist. He holds a Bachelors degree in Trumpet Performance from Ohio University and a Masters degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. His primary teachers include John Rommel, John Schlabach, and Wesley Woolard. Chris received additional instruction from Bill Adam, Larry Black, Vince DiMartino, and Tony Plog.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Myers is a band director at Gettys Middle School in Pickens County School District. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education as well as a Performance Certificate in french horn. Upon graduating, she received the Vandoren Award for most outstanding graduating music education major. Following graduation, she became the Band Director for Belton and Honea Path Middle Schools, where she taught for five years. She also recently completed her Master's of Instrumental Conducting degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. In addition to her love of teaching, Ms. Myers is an avid performer and member of several regional orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Steve Wilson has over 45 years of experience as a professional musician in diverse genres of music from pop/rock, jazz and classical. He is currently the Principal/Solo Trombonist with the Greenville Symphony and has recently performed Nino Rota’s Concerto for Trombone and Chris Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone. Both have been broadcast on SC Public Radio.
Steve performs with the Greenville Jazz Collective, and is first call trombonist at the Peace Center in Greenville SC. As Lead/Solo trombone on the Harrah's Lake Tahoe house band he performed with entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, and George Benson
Mr. Wilson currently teaches trombone lessons, trombone ensemble, brass quintet, and directs the jazz ensemble at Anderson University.
Michael Taylor serves on the faculty of Anderson University where he teaches tuba, euphonium, and brass methods. Mr. Taylor also serves in the same capacity at Lenoir-Rhyne University and North Greenville University. Past teaching appointments include Furman University, Brevard College, Presbyterian Association of Music and Musicians, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Mr. Taylor has served as principal tuba with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra since 2002. In addition to his duties with the HSO, he has performed with several symphony orchestras throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Mr. Taylor has also performed and toured with Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, the Harvey Phillips Tuba Company, and the Tuba Santas while maintaining an active schedule as a performer and clinician in the southeastern United States. He also hosts and conducts the annual Tuba Christmas held in Hickory, NC.
Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Carolina University and his Master of Music in Performance degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomington where he was awarded the William Bell Memorial Scholarship for Tuba. His principal instructors are Dr. Harvey Phillips, Dan Perantoni, Dr. Ken Kroesche, and D. Wynn Justice.
Michael Taylor currently resides in Morganton, NC with his wife, Kimberly and their daughter, Savannah Lee.