Chris Byman obtained B.Mus and M.Mus degrees from Brandon University, where he studied clarinet performance and literature. Chris has fortunately performed and collaborated with musicians across Canada, and has appeared at the WSO New Music Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Dark Music Days Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, ClarinetFest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Centric Festival in Lethbridge, Alberta.
As an emerging composer and arranger, Chris enjoys writing for orchestra, concert bands and chamber groups and has had the privilege of working with multiple ensembles, including the Brandon University New Music Ensemble, the University of Lethbridge Incanto Singers, the Brandon Community Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Recently, Chris has had the opportunity to collaborate with multiple Winnipeg-based musicians by creating symphonic arrangements of their charts. These artists include: Justin Lacroix, Rayannah, Jocelyne Baribeau, and the Juno Award winning group, the Bros. Landreth.
Chris has studied with clarinetists Sharon Atkinson, Micah Heilbrunn, Catherine Wood, composer T. Patrick Carrabré, and conductor Wendy McCallum. Currently, Chris is a freelance clarinetist, clinician, arranger, and composer calling Winnipeg, Manitoba his home.