Chip Kaufmann was raised in Greenville SC. He attended the University of South Carolina where he studied film and first learned about classical music. After graduating from Furman University he participated in Spoleto USA and worked for SC Educational Radio from 1979-1982. He has been a classical music announcer on BPR Classic since 1983. He also teaches courses on silent movies for the OLLI program at UNCA, hosts a weekly screening for the Hendersonville Film Society, and lectures on composers for the Asheville Symphony.