After receiving his Bachelor of Music from George Mason University, he taught instrumental music in the Fairfax County Public Schools and performed as a pianist in the Washington, DC area. He later received his Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty, Dr. Azzara was Associate Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre of the University of Hartford. His research and publications focus on meaningful relationships among listening, creating, improvising, reading, composing, and analyzing music in vocal and instrumental settings.
He performs as a soloist and in various ensembles, including the Chris Azzara Quartet, and has played on and produced studio and educational recordings. An active teacher and clinician, he has presented and performed throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania, Poland, and Japan.
- Developing Musicianship through Improvisation: Book 3
- Developing Musicianship Through Improvisation: Book 1
- You Are My Sunshine
- Simple Gifts
- Don Gato
- Concert Selections for Winds and Percussion (Grades II–IV) - Full Score
- Jump Right In: Soprano Recorder - Recorder Book 1 only