Chris Whiteman began playing guitar at age 12. He studied classical guitar performance at Virginia Commonwealth University and jazz performance at the University of Miami, where he received his Bachelor of Music (studio music and jazz) and Master of Music ( jazz pedagogy). During graduate school Chris was the teaching assistant for the jazz guitar department, and played in the Grammy nominated UM Concert Jazz Band. Upon graduation, Chris was hired as full time faculty at UM, teaching ensembles, improvisation classes, and private lessons.

Chris has performed throughout the United States and Europe, worked with Grammy winning artists and producers, composed music for film, and taught thousands of guitar lessons during his 20+ years as a musician. He currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, where he maintains an active performance and teaching schedule.