Background and Education:
Chris Siebold is a native of Chicago, where he has lived and worked as a professional guitarist since 1996. He received a BA in Music and Guitar Performance from Elmhurst College in 1998. Upon graduating, he accepted an adjunct teaching position at the college and taught private lessons and led performing ensembles for 9 years. Notably, Chris established the Elmhurst College Gretsch Guitar Ensemble in 2000 and it is still going strong today!
Apart from leading/co-leading his own bands (Pyscles, Kick The Cat, Lennon's Tuba), Chris has performed and/or recorded with many musical luminaries such as Howard Levy, Michael Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Victor Bailey, Chris Thile, Taj Mahal, Paul McCartney, Patricia Barber, Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, Sarah Bareilles, Nick Lowe, Garrison Keillor, Bernadette Peters, Stuart Duncan, Bernie Dresel, Brad Paisley, Dell McCrory, Sara Watkins, Ernie Watts, Richard Dworsky, Vince Giordano and Keb Mo.
Around Chicago, Chris plays with many exciting bands/artists like The Unknown New, Soleil Moon, John Elmquist's HardArt groop, Outertown, Ed Quartet, We Cichosz, Hood Smoke, The Ham Council, Larry King Orchestra, Tributosaurus, Maggie Speaks (various), LePercolateur and Jambone.
He was the Music Director at Willow Creek Chicago Church from 2011-2015 and he was the house guitarist for A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from 2014-2017. In January of 2017, Chris developed The Guitar Intensive, a 4-hour program centered around technique, fretboard theory, ear training, improvisation and musicality.
As a session guitarist, he has recorded for myriad local and international artists and commercial/music library firms like Comma, Gary Fry, Catfish Music, Rhythm Cafe, Meegan and Tobin, Steve Ford Music, Ron and David Steele and Comtrack.
Chris is a very versatile guitarist who can play many styles of music authentically. He is, perhaps, best known for his jazz/fusion playing. He can also play lap steel, mandolin/mandocello, banjo, bass (upright and electric) and mountain and hammered dulcimers.