Chris Hudson received his Bachelor of Music in 1996 from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He has given solo performances in various concert series through the Kansas City Guitar Society including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Downtown Library Series and Guitars in the Garden at Loose Park. He has also performed at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Cafe Sebastienne, and in a number of local restaurants including Eden Alley, Pot Pie, Jazz Kitchen and The Cup and Saucer with a local jazz ensemble. As a gifted and compassionate instructor and performer for over 25 years, Chris has a reputation for being a great source for music instruction in all styles. He is a laid-back, comfortable and very approachable person.
In 2007, Chris received the Kansas City Young Audiences Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence for his work with children, inspiring their love of guitar and musical collaboration in the Garage Band classes. He believes in giving back to the community what he has learned as a working musician and teacher, and performs regularly at various fundraisers for KCYA and the Community School of the Arts, encouraging volunteerism, community involvement, and funding for student scholarships for families with low incomes. Chris performs during the school year in local Kansas elementary schools for Arts Partners with the Kansas Settlers Band teaching Kansas Cultural History to 4th graders.
Chris is a singer, songwriter and composer with a passion for various forms of American folk music and finger style guitar. He has released two full length CD recordings and continues to experiment with new forms, instruments, electronic synth and music genres, including experimental video soundscapes. Click here to listen to his SOUNDCLOUD SITE and hear what he's been up to lately.