- BA, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
- MA, DePaul University
Chris Ray teaches string bass and electric bass at MCC. He holds a bachelor of music in performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and a master's degree in performance from DePaul University. His teachers include Harold Miller, Reggie Willis, and Kelly Sill. Chris also teaches at the College of Lake County, Trinity International University, and maintains a studio of 45 private students.
Ray performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, on a USO tour of Guantanamo Bay, and performs regularly throughout the Chicago area. He has recorded with Joan Hammel, Bradford Newquist, and the John Weber Trio.