Chris Bell is the Marketing Manager for the Gulf Coast Symphony. In this role, he assists the GCS in engaging our community through music—striving to turn new musical experiences into passions.
Chris began taking harp lessons at the age of eight, igniting a lifelong passion of music. He studied Music Performance in his undergraduate program at College of the Ozarks. After working as a professional harpist and spending a year serving the Ride Nature Organization here in Fort Myers, he taught music at an international Christian school in Panama, Central America.
Chris then completed his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where he received his master’s degree in Harp Performance. While working toward his graduate degree, he worked as a Patron Services Representative for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He discovered a love of marketing for orchestras and music organizations, eventually serving the CSO as their Subscription Coordinator and then Box Office Manager.
Chris lives in Naples, FL with his wife, Emily, and their son, Grady. They try to be outside as much as possible—hiking, camping, and swimming in the ocean.