Dennis Contreras

Dennis Contreras, Music Director of Union Jazz

Dennis Contreras is a multi-instrumental performer, teacher, and writer/arranger from Portland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor’s in Music from Brigham Young University and Master’s in Music from Northwestern University. Equally adept in classical, jazz, and popular/rock styles, Dennis maintains an active and diverse performance repertoire, with past engagements including the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square, American Musical Theatre Project, Chris Merritt, and jazz professionals in Portland, Chicago, and Charlotte.

Since 2008, Dennis has been living and working in Charlotte, NC, where he performs and records with the Charlotte Symphony, Union Symphony, Elonzo, Adam Whiting, Jordan Klemons, and his lovely wife—bassoonist and flautist Kirstin Contreras.