Chris grew up in southwest Iowa and graduated from Millikin University with a BM in Commercial Music. After a short two years at the University of Nebraska directing the Vocal Jazz program and earning his MM in Choral Conducting, Chris relocated to the Twin Cities and has been proud to be a part of Cantus, a Minneapolis-based vocal chamber ensemble for the past three seasons.
With Cantus, Chris has toured all over the country, and has appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Theatre Latte Da, The National Lutheran Choir, and The James Sewell Ballet. In addition to being Classical MPR’s artists in residence for the 2010-2011 season, Cantus also highly values educational experience, and works with over 5,000 students every year in award-winning educational outreach programs.
Recent appearances with other professional vocal groups include: Four Shadow, Omaha Chamber Music Series, Chapter 6, Voices of Omaha, Dulces Voces and Home Free. Chris is also active as an award-winning arranger, continuing to arrange music in a wide variety of styles and applications. Chris lives in St. Paul, where he enjoys playing Frisbee and brewing beer.