At 23 years old, Christopher Short is an emerging musician from the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Christopher graduated Magna Cum Laude from the East Carolina University School of Music as a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition in May 2019, when he received the ECU School of Music’s Award for being the "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior" in the area of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology. Christopher has traveled internationally as a choral musician, performed regionally in a variety of operatic and oratorio performances, been recognized as a talented composer, and enjoys regularly performing as a singer/songwriter in the Raleigh area.
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. Also, he performed and recorded 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 also performed as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Faure Requiem, Durufle Requiem, and as Jesus in Bob Chilcott’s St. John’s Passion in Central and Eastern parts of North Carolina.
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.
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 is excited to be joining the 2020-2021 US VOCES8 Scholars program as a bass. He also looks forward to completing more commissioned works, making return appearances with the Raleigh Bach Soloists, the emerging vocal ensemble Servire, and other performing groups around the Triangle. He will be singing with the Duke University Chapel Music Program as a staff singer in their Vespers and Evensong ensembles and will be singing with Christ Church on Capitol Square as their Bass Choral Scholar and in their Evensong choir.
Outside of performing and composing, Christopher serves as an employee of the North Carolina Symphony, a Board Member for the Philharmonic Association, as well as the Executive Director of the emerging vocal ensemble, Servire.
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: