Christopher Lee Fraley, Composer
Christopher Lee Fraley, raised in a musical family, played the cello for ten years before switching to the more portable guitar. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving a BS in Computer Engineering. While in school, Chris pursued additional studies in music and poetry. His major influences include not only Beethoven, Schubert, Saint Saëns, Janácek, and Josquin, but also popular artists such as The Decemberists, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and King Crimson.
Chris continues to write works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and chorus, and his credits include a symphony, eight tone poems, two operettas, over twenty choral settings, string quartets, and pieces for piano and various chamber ensembles. Chris also sings tenor with the Cascadian Chorale, free-lances as a music typesetter, and is writing a book, On the Origins of Harmony.
When Chris is not busy sharpening his compositional skills under the guidance of Roupen Shakarian, he enjoys playing the cello, gardening, programming, and eating his favorite dessert, pumpkin pie.