Christopher Short is an emerging musician from Raleigh, North Carolina. He hopes to use music as a bridge to connect people within their surrounding community through artful storytelling in performance, localized philanthropic efforts, arts administration, and educational outreach work.
Christopher graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019 from the East Carolina University School of Music as a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition. Upon graduating, he received the ECU School of Music’s Award given to the "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior" in the area of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology. Christopher has traveled internationally as a choral musician and soloist, performed regionally in a variety of operatic and oratorio performances, and is an award-winning composer.
As a vocalist during his time at ECU, Christopher held several opera roles including, but not limited to, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Compère in Four Saints in Three Acts, and Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music. He also performed domestically and internationally with the critically acclaimed ECU Chamber Singers, as well as with Christ Church of Raleigh’s Choristers and Lay Clerks. Christopher has performed regionally as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé Requiem, Fauré Requiem, and as Jesus in Bob Chilcott’s St. John’s Passion.
During his time as a composer at ECU, Christopher had several premieres of his original work, including performances of his music by the ECU Chamber Singers, university musicians, and visiting guest artists. Notably, in his sophomore year, the chancellor’s office of ECU awarded Christopher a commission, which was premiered by the ECU Chamber Singers at the installation ceremony for Chancellor Cecil P. Staton.
In the summer of 2017, Christopher was accepted into a Film Scoring Workshop at New York University and began his journey into film scoring. In 2018, he was awarded the "Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement in Music" from the Southern Shorts Film Festival for his musical score for the short film, Deserted, directed by Denver Hollingsworth. In addition to his work with film, Christopher has collaborated with dancers on a variety of projects. He hopes to expand on his project, InterActive, which uses a variety of technologies to trigger musical sounds and effects from a dancer's movements.
Christopher is also an active arts administrator, serving as the Executive Director of Servire Chorus, on the board of directors for the Philharmonic Association, a local youth music organization, and as the Education Assistant with the North Carolina Symphony, where he previously worked in the philanthropy and marketing departments.
As a singer/songwriter, Christopher has performed in the Raleigh area and at local festivals. He has two commercially available albums, On Our Hill and Love Songs for Nobody.
In the upcoming season, Christopher looks forward to appearing with his growing ensemble, Servire Chorus, other regional ensembles, and as a returning member of the US VOCES8 Scholars program. Throughout their season, he spends time working with and learning from the internationally acclaimed ensemble as well as employees of the VOCES8 Foundation, learning the VOCES8 Method for educational outreach work, and playing a part in furthering the mission of the VOCES8 Foundation. He will also be appearing as a soloist in the Duke Bach Cantata Series performing BWV 117 & 192.
When he is not performing, recording, or working behind the scenes for various artistic organizations, you’ll often find him cooking an extravagant meal, spending time with his dog, traveling, and watching his favorite sports teams.
ECU News Services:
Chancellor Installation Ceremony - Commission Award
Classical Voice North Carolina:
"Christopher Short (Private Willis) has a guardsman's stolidity and, much more importantly, a very fine bass voice."
11/21/17 - ECU Pirate Profile Award: