ORGAN RECITAL – Princeton University Chapel – Oct. 8 – 12:30 p.m.

After Noon Concert Series
Princeton University Chapel

David Christopher, Organist, Princeton University Chapel, Organ, Recital, Concert, SsAM, Peabody Conservatory, Peabody Institute

Princeton University Chapel

David Christopher, Organist

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

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Trumpets, David Christopher, Organist, Concert, Recital, Peabody

Gallery Trumpets at Princeton University Chapel

 

Voice Studio

Cornelius Reid, belcanto, bel canto, David Christopher

Cornelius L. Reid

SINGER and VOICE TEACHER

CLICK HERE to learn about a series of workshops in VOCAL PEDAGOGY that David recently presented to students and faculty members at Rowan University.

With a lifelong passion for singing and conducting, David has dedicated much of his career to the study of the singing voice. David’s teaching style is based on his own study of the principles and practices of the Italian bel canto school of singing and 15 years of study and collaboration with his mentor, Cornelius L. Reid.

David’s vocal studies began at West Chester University where he received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance, studying with Alan Wagner and Emil Markow.  Other vocal teachers and coaches have included Denes Striny, Gary Norden, Jeffrey Miller and Boris Goldovsky (Goldovsky Opera Institute).  While living in New York City, David served for several years on the faculty of John Strasburg’s acting school “The Real Stage” and eventually joined the faculty  of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a college conservatory for the performing arts in NYC.

In his earlier years as a singing performer, David was active with many smaller and regional companies such as OperaDelaware, Mobile Opera, Regina Opera, OperaWorks in NYC, Hudson Valley Opera, and the Buxton International G&S Festival.  With a high lyric tenor voice, David performed a wide range of roles including Tamino in Magic Flute, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Remendado in Carmen (pictured left), Narraboth in Salome, The Fisherman in Stravinsky’s Nightingale, Satyavān in Holst’s Savitri, Azael in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, and most of the leading Gilbert & Sullivan tenor roles.

David Christopher, Tenor, OperaDelaware, Carmen, Musician, Wilmington, Delaware

Carmen with OperaDelaware Charlotte Paulsen, Carme; Iris Fairfax, Frazquita; Andrea Arena, Mercedes; Patrick Evans, Don Cairo; David Christopher, El Remendado

While also serving as a faculty member of the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, David developed a unique approach to working with children’s voices, combining ear training with classic vocal methods.  As a vocal therapist, he had a 100% success rate in helping musically challenged children overcome pitch disorientation.  Specializing in the training of children’s voices, David has trained many of the area’s finest treble voices over the past 30 years.  His boy and girl trebles have performed many times as soloist with groups such as OperaDelaware and The Delaware Symphony, many going on to have successful careers or avocations in music and singing.

Currently maintaining a private voice studio in downtown Wilmington, David’s students include many professional singers who have performed in leading venues around the world as well as school teachers and local choristers who are passionate about learning.  Also known as a “teacher’s teacher”, David has mentored many excellent voice teachers, working with them to establish their own personal style and private teaching practices.

Although David has experience with a wide range of singing styles, his approach to vocal training is classic in nature, employing techniques, principles and concepts that were the hallmark of historic Italian (bel canto) tradition.  Once singers reach a certain level of accomplishment, vocal repertoire is introduced as well as vocal coaching on an as-needed basis.  Studio recitals are held periodically throughout the year.

Singers interested in studying voice are encouraged to contact David to discuss first steps.  Usually, an appointment is set up for a musical and vocal evaluation followed by a series of initial lessons.  If there seems to be a good fit, lessons may continue on a regular basis.  Singers as well as other teachers are also encouraged to observe lessons to find out about David’s approach to singing and teaching style.

Conductor

David Christopher, Conductor, Music Director, Delaware Symphony, 4th of July, Musician, OrganistAs a conductor, David has built a varied and highly successful history as an interpreter of choral, orchestral and stage works. He has served as associate conductor for OperaDelaware where he made his opera conducting debut to critical acclaim in The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan), conducted Die Fledermaus (Strauss), and served as assistant conductor for numerous productions.  Other operatic credits include Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), The Merry Widow (Lehar), La Traviata (Verdi),  Savitiri (Holst), The Tender Land (Copland), Carmen (Bizet), The Nightingale (Stravinsky), as well as most of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.

David Christopher, Duke Ellington, Sacred Concert, City of Wilmington, Conductor, Music Director, SsAM, Musician, OrganistThrough his association as conductor for the City of Wilmington, David has served as conductor and music director for the All-American Tribute Orchestra as part of the annual 4th of July Celebration in Tubman-Garrett Park at the Riverfront in Wilmington.  On several occasions he has conducted concerts featuring the sacred music of Duke Ellington (featuring jazz orchestra, soloists, chorus and dancers) in collaboration with Tina Betz and the City of Wilmington as part of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington.

David is also the current artistic director of the Delaware ChoralArts (DCA), a position he has held since 2005.  Recent major oratorio and choral credits include Ein deutsches Requiem (Brahms) with DCA and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra,  Messiah (Handel), Grand Mass in C (Mozart), Holocaust Cantata (McCullough), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein), Judas Maccabaeus (Handel),  Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen), and Requiems by Durufle, Faure and Rutter.

David Christopher, Wilmington Children's Chorus, Conductor, Music Director, Artistic Director, Choir, MusicianAlso a recognized leader in training children’s voices, David founded The Wilmington Children’s Chorus in 2002 in collaboration with the Mayor of Wilmington’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew. Now a multi-cultural ensemble with over 140 children and staffed by some of the area’s finest music educators, The Wilmington Children’s Chorus has become one of the premiere children’s choirs in the region.