Symphony Orchestra for seven years and made guest conducting appearances with the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras in London, as well as with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada.
Since relocating to the United States in 2003, David has served on the Faculties of Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He played Principal Horn in both the Flagstaff and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras. He was Music Director and Conductor of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta in Sedona for five years, and in 2008 was invited to form a community orchestra in Flagstaff, which became Orchestra Northern Arizona, where he is Artistic Director and Conductor. He is a resident of the City of Flagstaff, and became a United States citizen in 2011.
David Cripps was born in the City of Gloucester, in the West of England. He showed his musical aptitude at a very early age - indeed, he says he cannot remember learning to read music or being taught how - “it just happened!" He took up the French Horn, after playing various instruments in a brass band, then violin and viola, at the age of fourteen. It was an instant love affair, and he achieved local successes almost immediately. He won a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and quickly became its Principal Horn. He debuted nationally as a soloist with the NYOGB, performing Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto in a gala concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall under the eminent British conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent and in front of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother.
Self-taught up to this point, David went on to win an Open Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. After a little less than three years of study, David had a succession of appointments as Principal Horn in several orchestras, beginning with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and culminating in a ten-year spell as Principal Horn in the London Symphony Orchestra under, first, Andre Previn and, later, Claudio Abbado. During this period, he also was lead French Horn for John Williams in the Star Wars and Superman movie soundtracks. The list of conductors and soloists he has worked with includes nearly all of the great names from the twentieth century, and he appeared as a soloist himself with all of the orchestras he has played in.
Cripps was also Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music in London and served as Senior Horn Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. In recent years, his interests have turned to orchestral conducting. He was Resident Conductor of the Royal Oman
Jeff is a native of Arizona and has been studying music and a variety of instruments for over eighteen years. He has performed in ensembles across Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado on several instruments including violin, clarinet, and percussion. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with Jason Olsen, Kenneth Singleton, and Richard Mayne, as well as worked in master classes with some of the most foremost artists in the industry today.
Although Jeff’s primary instrument is the guitar, he has taught all manner of instruments from saxophone to ukulele, and has a strong background in music theory as well as form and analysis. Jeff is currently employed as the director of orchestras and choirs at Mount Elden Middle School.
In contrast to his classical training, Jeff has been a part of rock and blues bands for over 15 years and performs regularly on both electric guitar and bass. He also has experience teaching composing, both classically and for modern bands.
Jeff is excited to help carry forward ONA’s history of exceptional performance and emphasis on youth music education forward.