Christopher Stark

Ithaca, New York //// Christopher Stark 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

Described as “fetching and colorful,” (New York Times) Stark’s music has been performed in concert venues around the world from the Neue Synagoge Berlin to Carnegie Hall. A recipient of the coveted Underwood Commission from the American Composers Orchestra, and recent winner of the prix de composition from the Orléans International Piano Competition, his music has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and was broadcast as a fan-voted favorite on WQXR, New York City’s classical music station. Stark has been programmed, rehearsed, and performed by such ensembles as the Sacramento Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dinosaur Annex, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, CCM Wind Symphony, Israeli Chamber Project, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, and members of eighth blackbird. Most recently, Stark was awarded a Fromm Foundation Commission and was one of three winners of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Commission Project. He also worked with Grammy-winning country music artists, Zac Brown Band, on an arrangement of their hit song Free for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

In 2010, Stark was awarded an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and placed first in the Utah Arts Festival's annual orchestral composition competition. He is a past winner of the Cincinnati Conservatory's Orchestral Composition Competition and was also a regional winner of the 2011 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition. Stark has also received honorable mentions from the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize and the Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Composer of the Year Award. Festivals and courses Stark has attended include: SONiC: Sounds of a New Century, Aspen Music Festival Composition Master Class, American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composer Forum, Dinosaur Annex Young Composer Festival, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Music09 and Music10 Festivals in Switzerland, FUBiS Summer Composition Course in Berlin, Music06 Festival in Cincinnati, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Stark recently finished his doctorate at Cornell University where he studied with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He previously studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory, the University of Montana, and abroad in Europe with composers Samuel Adler, Michael Fiday, David Maslanka, and Charles Nichols. Stark was recently a visiting professor of composition, theory, and music technology at Cornell and the University of Montana, and in the fall of 2014 he will begin a post as Assistant Professor of Composition at Washington University in St. Louis. Stark was a resident artist in Italy at Civitella Ranieri in 2012.

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Listen

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

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

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

Borrowed Chords for clarinet, violin, and piano
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble - Syd Hodkinson, director

Augenblick for wind ensemble and electronics
University of Texas Wind Ensemble - Jerry Junkin, conductor

For a complete list of works please visit: Sommerso Publishing

Performances

Spring 2015 //// Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Winds (World Premiere)
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe
Consortium of Wind Ensembles TBA
Various Dates and Venues TBA

14 November 2014 //// Song for Soprano, Orchestra, and Electronics (World Premiere)
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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

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

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

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

Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Commission //// Fromm 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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