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Christopher Gilliam

Christopher Gilliam

Christopher Gilliam

Dr. Christopher Gilliam is Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Voice at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At NSU he teaches Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Private Voice.

Gilliam received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas in 2003. Following the completion of his doctorate and prior to his appointment at NSU, Gilliam taught at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, as the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Voice. Gilliam also holds bachelors and masters degrees in Vocal Performance from that institution.

While at the University of Kansas, Gilliam worked and studied with some of the most recognized names in choral music today, including: Simon Carrington, James Daugherty, Hilary Apfelstadt, Robert Sund, Maurice Casey, Carl Høgset, André Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger, and James Jordan. Since that time he has conducted many choirs and opera choruses and has been an active choral and vocal clinician for All-State and Honors festivals in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. In July 2008, Gilliam joined Dr. Joe Miller and the Westminster Chamber Choir as a soloist and choral participant for their tour of Florence, Italy and in February 2009 was the guest conductor of the Baton Rouge High Festival Singers for their tour of Spain.

As a soloist, Gilliam has performed in numerous operas, oratorios, musicals and recitals. Past performances include: Boss in the world premiere of Simeon by Dwight Gustafson, Roucher in Andrea Chénier, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Noah in Noyes Fludde, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Montorone in Rigoletto, Major-General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado.

Gilliam is on the core roster of Conspirare, a professional choral ensemble based in Austin, Texas, and is a founding member of The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers. He is also the published composer of sacred vocal solos and an orchestrated choral octavo recently featured on a commercial recording entitled, “King of Love,” produced by SoundForth Press. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), The National Association for Music Education (MENC), the College Music Society (CMS), Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Association (IMC), and is an elected member of the Kappa Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

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