Why take a private lesson?
There is no substitute for high quality, one-on-one training with a private teacher. Honesty Pill is designed to supplement private lessons. If you are currently studying with a private teacher, consult him or her before starting one of our courses.
However, if you are not lucky enough to have a great private teacher or you’re already out of school, trying to succeed on your own can be overwhelming. I’ve been there. That’s one of the reasons I created Honesty Pill. While I am a professional trumpet player, I offer audition coaching for all instruments.
Honesty Pill founder Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Second Trumpet in 2007.
Before coming to California, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony. He has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony. Additionally, Christopher has served as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Guest Principal with the St. Louis Symphony.
Christopher has recorded extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grant Park, Dallas, and Albany symphony orchestras. Active in the Hollywood recording studios, he can be heard on major motion picture and television soundtracks. He is a Yamaha Artist, a dedicated educator, and an active clinician.
Having grown up in a musical household, Christopher originally intended to become a band director and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam). Switching to performance, he received his Master of Music Performance degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1995 and 1996.
Christopher’s favorite aspect of his job is the orchestra’s frequent performance of contemporary music, especially the Green Umbrella concert series.
Christopher lives in Altadena, CA with his wife, Amanda McIntosh, and two children. He enjoys long-distance running, skiing, brewing beer, and hiking in the trails behind his house.