Phone: 337-217-4410


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental Music K-12) McNeese State Unitversity (2012) Certified Public School Educator

Mr. Christopher Gunter

Greetings from the Strings Department of S.J. Welsh Middle & Barbe High (the only string feeding schools in SWLA) !

I am a regular member of the Lake Charles Symphony, town musician (weddings,etc.), church musician, and teach full-time public school. Orchestra (strings) is my specialty! I am an alumnus of McNeese State. Aside from orchestra (violin, viola) as a middle & high school student, Mr. Gunter did spend much time in chorus (high school, college) & band (middle school through high school) as well mastering his singing skills, piano, jazz piano, clarinet, oboe, & even tuba skills!  ; 0

I also have taught now and in the past - choir, ukulele, fine arts survey, piano, and bucket drumming. I do teach private lessons as well year-round on violin, viola, cello, string bass. I love teaching and enjoy the educational process.

When I can find time, I greatly enjoy music composition. I am working on becoming a published composer and have written over 100 works (several for piano, orchestra, religious works, & even harp). 

Our Orchestras of S.J. Welsh Middle School & A.M. Barbe High School are middle-to-high school feeding schools that are both taught & directed by Mr. Christopher Gunter. We have a Beginner Orchestra where NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED (generally a 6th grade class), our Intermediate Orchestra Class for largely our 7th graders, & then our Advanced Orchestra for largely our 8th graders. Barbe Orchestra is currently ONLY ONE OFFERED PERIOD (2nd Period), but nonetheless, with time we will expand into at least another. Our award-winning organizations are very active, productive, competitive, and involved in several events and concerts throughout school year after school year.

See our FAQ's to answer further questions or even to seek further info, if so desired (see "Join the Orchestra" tab to the LEFT of your screen).

Do contact me for any questions or concerns ( 

Office Hours: 7:00 - 8:40

Musically Yours, 

Mr. Gunter

(LMEA District V Strings Middle & High School Director)