Christopher Stark

Saint Louis, Missouri //// Christopher Stark (b. 1980) is a composer of contemporary classical music deeply rooted in the American West. Having spent his formative years in rural western Montana, his music is always seeking to capture the expansive energy of this quintessential American landscape.

Biography

Stark, whose music The New York Times has called, "fetching and colorful," has been awarded prizes and commissions from organizations such as the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Chamber Music America, the Orléans International Piano Competition, and ASCAP. His music has been performed by such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, American Composers Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, New Morse Code, FLUX Quartet, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. In 2012, he was a resident composer at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Umbria, Italy, and in 2016 he was a recipient of the Copland House Residency Award. Recent highlights include performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial.

Stark completed his doctorate at Cornell University where he studied with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He previously studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory and the University of Montana, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Listen

True North for sinfonietta
Alarm Will Sound - Alan Pierson, conductor

Winter Music for string quartet
Momenta Quartet

Two-Handed Storytelling for piano and electronics
Andrew Zhou, piano

Ignatian Exercises for sinfonietta
Composers Conference Sinfonietta - James Baker, conductor

...and start west for chamber orchestra
American Composers Orchestra - George Manahan, conductor

Velocity Meadows for oboe, chamber winds, electronics, and video
Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Larry Gookin, conductor, Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe

Works List

For a complete list of works please visit my publishing site: Sommerso Publishing

Performances

01 June 2017 //// New Work for Two Pianos and Electronics
HereNowHear (Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Andrew Zhou, pianists)
CCRMA, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

04 April 2017 //// Augenblick & Velocity Meadows
University of Northern Iowa Symphonic Band, Danny Galyen, conductor
Heather Peyton, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

06 March 2017 //// New Work for Pierrot Ensemble
ZouM Ensemble
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

18 February 2017 //// Augenblick
Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble, Parker Bixby, conductor
National Association for Music Education Northwest Division Conference
Bellevue, WA

05 February 2017 //// Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
Mannes College, The New School, Schneider Concerts
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, New York, NY

21 January 2017 //// New Work for Two Pianos and Electronics (World Premiere)
HereNowHear (Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Andrew Zhou, pianists)
Vanguard New Music Guest Artist Series
Ludwig Recital Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH

10 January 2017 //// Guest Lecture
Composition Seminar
University of Chicago, IL

07 December 2016 //// Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
Groupmuse House Concert
Brooklyn, NY

06 November 2016 //// ...and start west
American Composers Orchestra, George Manahan, conductor
Frontier Music, Society for New Music, "Fresh Ink"
WCNY-FM Radio Broadcast
Syracuse, NY

05 November 2016 //// Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

24 October 2016 //// The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Kemper Art Museum
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

02 October 2016 //// Winter Music
Momenta Quartet
Momenta Festival II
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY

30 September 2016 //// Guest Lecture
Composition Seminar
Brown University, Providence, RI

27 September 2016 //// Winter Music
Momenta Quartet
WKCR Live Broadcast
Columbia University, New York, NY

15 September 2016 //// Horizon (World Premiere)
Chris Grymes, clarinet & Xak Bjerken, piano
Pillsbury Theater, 560 Music Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

05 August 2016 //// Spring Music (World Premiere)
FLUX Quartet
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe, NM

12 July 2016 //// The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Historic Park-McCullough
Bennington, VT

08 June 2016 //// Mercy Bell (NY Premiere)
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble
NY Phil Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

27 May 2016 //// Red Ochre & Deposition
Clara Lyon, violin, Elizabeth Lyon, cello, & Hannah Sun, piano
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME

22 May 2016 //// The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Concerts on the Slope
St. John's Episcopal Church (Park Slope)
Brooklyn, NY

17 May 2016 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Ensemble Alternance
Dimitri Vassilakis, piano
Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy

05 May 2016 //// Winter Music (World Premiere)
Momenta Quartet
E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

04 May 2016 //// Nanokonzert & Nanoconcerto 2 (World Premiere)
Lee Allen, trombone, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

24 April 2016 //// Dynamism of a Speeding Horse
James Madison University Concert Band, Chad Reep, conductor
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

18 April 2016 //// in memory
Xak Bjerken, piano
Memorial Concert for Steven Stucky
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

20 March 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
St. Cloud State Wind Ensemble, Catharine Sinon Bushman, conductor
Heather Peyton, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

18 March 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor
Dan Williams, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno

10 March 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor
Dan Williams, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

06 March 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
Cornell University Wind Ensemble, James Spinazzola, conductor
Emily DiAngelo, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

04 March 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
TCNJ Wind Ensemble, David Vickerman, conductor
Kathy Mitchell, soprano sax
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

02 March 2016 //// in memory (World Premiere)
Xak Bjerken, piano
Memorial Concert for Steven Stucky
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

27 February 2016 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Ensemble Alternance
Dimitri Vassilakis, piano
Musée d'Art Moderne A. Malraux, Auditorium, Le Havre, France

12 February 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Ambrose, conductor
Beth Orson, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Chan Shun Concert Hall, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA

06 February 2015 //// Velocity Meadows
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul Popiel, conductor
Margaret Marco, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

01 February 2016 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Ensemble Alternance
Dimitri Vassilakis, piano
Conservatoire Supérieur Régional de Musique, Auditorium M. Landowski, Paris, France

29 January 2016 //// Refuge (World Premiere)
C Street Brass
"Exposed Wiring V" Southern Exposure New Music Series
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

29 January 2016 //// Velocity Meadows
Hodgson Wind Ensemble, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor
Reid Messich, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Classic Center, Athens, GA

07 January 2016 //// Piano Quartet
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Berkeley Piano Club
Berkeley, CA

05 December 2015 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Great Noise Ensemble
Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

04 December 2015 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Great Noise Ensemble
The War Memorial, Baltimore, MD

21 November 2015 //// Chamber Études (World Premiere)
Chamber Project St. Louis
560 Music Center, St. Louis, MO

20 November 2015 //// True North and arr. of Damon Davis' Saturn Theme from City of God
Alarm Will Sound
Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

20 November 2015 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Video Projection with Audio Recording by Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh & Christopher Kirkpatrick
Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

13 November 2015 //// Velocity Meadows
Montana State University Wind Ensemble, Nathan Stark, conductor
Beth Antonopulos, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Reynolds Recital Hall in Howard Hall
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

10 November 2015 //// Chamber Études (Public Workshop)
Chamber Project St. Louis
Tavern of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO

09 November 2015 //// Piano Quartet
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Festival of New American Music
Music Recital Hall, Sacramento State University, CA

02 November 2015 //// The Language of Landscapes (World Premiere)
New Morse Code
DUC Chamber Music Series
Goldberg Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

24 October 2015 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Richard Faria, bass clarinet & Paige Morgan, oboe
Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

22 October 2015 //// Velocity Meadows
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul Popiel, conductor
Margaret Marco, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

15 October 2015 //// Velocity Meadows
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor
Dan Williams, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

21 September 2015 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Richard Faria, bass clarinet & Paige Morgan, oboe
Faculty Showcase Recital
Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

15 September 2015 //// Velocity Meadows
Hodgson Wind Ensemble, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor
Reid Messich, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Hodgson Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

27 August 2015 //// Ignatian Exercises
Arctic Philharmonic / Bodø Sinfonietta, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Bodø - Tromsø, Norway

08 August 2015 //// Ignatian Exercises
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Aspen Music Festival
Bucksbaum Campus, Castle Creek 01, Aspen, CO

07 August 2015 //// Ignatian Exercises
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Aspen Music Festival
Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

01 August 2015 //// The Language of Landscapes (Preview Performance)
New Morse Code
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Boscawen, NH

25 July 2015 //// True North (World Premiere)
Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, conductor
Mizzou International Composers Festival
Missouri Theater, Columbia, MO

09-15 June 2015 //// The Language of Landscapes (Preview Performance and Workshop)
New Morse Code
Geneva Music Festival
Geneva, NY

20 May 2015 //// Velocity Meadows
Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Larry Gookin, conductor
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, guest soloist, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall, Ellensburg, WA

18 May 2015 //// The Language of Landscapes (Preview Performance)
New Morse Code
Chamber Music America Showcase
Bryant Park, New York, NY

06 May 2015 //// Ignatian Exercises
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

26 April 2015 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Dmitris Kostopoulos, piano
Finals of the Edvard Grieg International Composition Competition
National Gallery, Oslo, Norway

17-20 April 2015 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
No Exit New Music Ensemble
Cleveland, OH

28 March 2015 //// Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
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27 March 2015 //// Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Friends of Chamber Music
WCR Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

16 March 2015 //// Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

03 March 2015 //// Velocity Meadows (World Premiere)
University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Smart, conductor
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Music Recital Hall, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

17 January 2015 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Johanna Ballou, piano and electronics
New Music Circle
560 Music Center, St. Louis, MO

23 November 2014 //// Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

14 November 2014 //// Soldier Asleep at the Tomb (World Premiere)
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

06 November 2014 //// Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

04 November 2014 //// Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Mexicains Sans Fronteries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

26 October 2014 //// Borrowed Chords
Chamber Project St. Louis
Shuck Recital Hall, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

20 October 2014 //// Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Knoxville, TN

19 October 2014 //// Piano Quartet (World Premiere)
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Louisville, KY

17 October 2014 //// Augenblick
UMD Wind Ensemble, Michael Votta, conductor
Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
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17 October 2014 //// Borrowed Chords
Chamber Project St. Louis
The Chapel Venue, St. Louis, MO
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07 August 2014 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe - Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet
International Double Reed Society 2014 Conference
Provincetown Playhouse, New York Unversity, New York, NY

30 July - 03 August 2014 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe - Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet
International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2014
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

19 June 2014 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe - Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet
International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators
Aasen-Hull Hall, Frohnmeyer Music Building, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

11 April 2014 //// Mercy Bell (World Premiere)
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

08 April 2014 //// Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale Charter Township, MI

07 March 2014 //// Augenblick
TCNJ Wind Ensemble, David Vickerman, conductor
CBDNA Eastern Division Conference
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

28 February 2014 //// Augenblick
TCNJ Wind Ensemble, David Vickerman, conductor
Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

21 February 2014 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Andrew Zhou, piano and electronics
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

07 February 2014 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Andrew Zhou, piano
Salle Cortot, École Normale de Musique de Paris, France

06 February 2014 //// Two-Handed Storytelling (with round-table discussion)
Andrew Zhou, piano
Composition Workshop with Suzanne Giraud
Salle Fauré, Conservatoire à rayonnement regional de Paris, France

03 November 2013 //// Deposition
Elizabeth Lyon, cello - Xak Bjerken, piano and electronics
Esber Hall, Penn State University, State College, PA

20 October 2013 //// Deposition (World Premiere)
Elizabeth Lyon, cello - Xak Bjerken, piano and electronics
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

20 May 2013 - 05 July 2013 //// manuscript – 72"x10" digital print with soundtrack
art installation for exhibition entitled Chinese Whispers
sponsored by quarterly Italian magazine cura.
Via Nicola Ricciotti 4, Rome, Italy

12 May 2013 //// Nanokonzert
Hannes Hölzl, trombone
Austria Festival Symphony Orchestra, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor
salzART 13 Festival
Pfarrkirche, Taxenbach, Salzburg, Austria

08 May 2013 //// Nanokonzert (World Premiere)
Hannes Hölzl, trombone
Austria Festival Symphony Orchestra, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor
salzART 13 Festival
Kirche Maria im Mösl, Arnsdorf, Salzburg, Austria

30 April 2013 //// Rosenthal Miniatures
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe - Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet
Faculty Chamber Music Recital
Music Recital Hall, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

01 April 2013 //// Red Ochre
Ariana Kim, violin and electronics
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

23 March 2013 //// Rosenthal Miniatures (World Premiere)
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe - Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet
College Music Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

17 March 2013 //// Augenblick
Concordia Sante Fe, James Smart, conductor
New Mexico Museum of Art
St. Francis Auditorium, Sante Fe, NM

25 February 2013 //// Augenblick
Louisiana State University Symphonic Winds, Dennis Llinas, conductor
LSU Union Theater, Baton Rouge, LA

24 February 2013 //// Muir 10,188 ft
Beth Antonopulos, oboe - Linda Antas, electronics
MSU Multimedia Series: "Under the Surface"
Reynolds Recital Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

08 February 2013 //// Augenblick
University of Minnesota Morris Symphonic Winds, Simon Tillier, conductor
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

05 December 2012 //// Augenblick
University of Minnesota Morris Symphonic Winds, Simon Tillier, conductor
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts Building, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN

08 July 2012 //// Free (arr. of Zac Brown Band song)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI

20 May 2012 //// Red Ochre (World Premiere)
Ariana Kim, violin and electronics
Mayfest Cornell International Chamber Music Festival
Milstein Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

14 May 2012 //// In su (World Premiere)
St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Jeffery Meyer, conductor
Troika International Festival 2012
Glinka Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

12 May 2012 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Andrew Zhou, piano and electronics
Music: Cognition, Technology, Society Conference
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

29 April 2012 //// Augenblick
University of Minnesota Morris Symphonic Winds, Simon Tillier, conductor
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts Building, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN

22 April 2012 //// Archipel
Marilyn Cole, oboe - Yumi Oshima, violin - Egil Rostad, cello
83 Midwood Street, Brooklyn, NY

21 April 2012 //// Archipel
Out of Bounds Ensemble
Tate Hall, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

15 April 2012 //// Archipel
Out of Bounds Ensemble
Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

11 April 2012 //// Archipel, Stars in Dead Reflection, Two-Handed Storytelling, Borrowed Chords
DMA Composition Recital
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

23 February - 5 March 2012 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Andrew Zhou, piano and electronics
10e Concours international de piano d'Orléans
Orléans, France

18 February 2012 //// Promontories: After Three Photographs by Ansel Adams
Sacramento Philharmonic, Michael Morgan, conductor
Community Center Theater, Sacramento, CA

18 February 2012 //// Two-Handed Storytelling
Andrew Zhou, piano and electronics
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

17 February 2012 //// Two-Handed Storytelling (World Premiere)
Andrew Zhou, piano and electronics
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

29 January 2012 //// Augenblick
Peabody Wind Ensemble, David Vickerman, conductor
Miriam A. Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD

Press

WUOL Louisville Public Radio Interview //// WUOL Website

Chamber Project St. Louis Interview //// Chamber Project St. Louis Website

Columbia Missouri Tribune Article about Mizzou Festival //// Columbia Tribune Website

Ithaca Times Article about Piano Quartet //// Ithaca Times Website

Arts Knoxville Piano Quartet Review //// Arts Knoxville Website

Mizzou International Composers Festival Announcement //// MNMI Website

Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Commission //// Fromm Website

Chamber Music America Classical Commissiong Grant //// CMA Website

Wikipedia (Dutch) //// nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Stark

Civitella Ranieri Fellowship Press Release //// Art Agenda - Civitella Ranieri Blog

Prix de composition André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Press Release //// ResMusica

Reviews of ...and start west //// New York Times - I Care If You Listen - Make It New

Podcast Composer Feature //// No Extra Notes

Underwood Commission Press Release //// New Music Box - Sequenza 21

Morton Gould Young Composer Award Press Release //// New Music Box - ASCAP

Review of Ignatian Exercises //// New York Times

Contact

All works (self-)published by Sommerso Publishing (ASCAP)

For rental or purchasing information please email: starkca@gmail.com

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