Conversations with a Composer is an insightful exploration into the mind of a composer and respected composition teacher. It is also a delightful, easy-to-read, intriguing book for music lovers, wannabe composers, professional musicians, or newcomers to the appreciation of music.
“Chris imbues every page with structure and craftsmanship and careful planning…”
WA ACDA 2019 Summer Institute(July 16, 2019)See you at Washington ACDA Summer Institute at University of Puget Sound, July 17, 18, and 19, 2019! I look forward to catching up with you since I saw you last, especially since my move to Hawaii. Or, if we haven’t met, introducing you to my music. Aloha! [...]
Agnus Dei (from Missa Dramatica) complete(May 20, 2019)In spite of living out of temporary accommodations, I’ve completed another movement, the Agnus Dei, of my Missa Dramatica (Missa Brevis No. 2)! It will be a while until I have a recording (contact me if you are interested in premiering the piece!), but you can find a perusal score here. [...]
Moving to Hawaii!(May 2, 2019)Today is the day—we’re flying to our new home in Kailua Kona, Hawaii! It will take at least a month for our stuff to catch up to us, and likely several months more to finish painting and unpacking. But our new adventure is starting! [...]
Agnus Dei (from Missa Historiae) performance 24-Mar-2019(March 24, 2019)The Cascadian Chorale surprised my wife and I with a performance of my Agnus Dei (from Missa Brevis No. 1) as the encore to their final Byrd & Wyers concert on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:30pm. This was the final concert that we were singing with them, as we’re moving to Kailua Kona, Hawaii […] [...]
Moving to Hawaii!(August 1, 2018)I’m moving! The short version: my wife and I were presented with a wonderful opportunity to move to Kailua Kona, Hawaii next year (we’re aiming for May 1, 2019). The longer version. I’ve always considered myself a “fair weather” composer, and I mean that quite literally—I’m most inspired when I can sit outside, soak in […] [...]