American conductor Christopher Gravis has inspired audiences with his masterful interpretations of both choral and orchestral works.
Christopher recently made his conducting debut with the San Diego Symphony, and led a week-long residency at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London with the Choir of St. Wilfrid of York. At the invitation of Lady Suzi Digby, OBE he participated in research at Cambridge University in the area of early English polyphony. In August of 2015 he will return to England to conduct in residence with the Clarion Singers at Canterbury Cathedral. Future engagements for 2015 | ’16 include conducting the LA Schola and the Clarion Singers.
As a teacher, Mr. Gravis was honored to serve a full-time sabbatical replacement for Dr. Robert Istad as the Visiting Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Fullerton in the Fall semester of 2014. He taught graduate and undergraduate conducting, Women’s Chorus, the University Singers, and private graduate conducting lessons.
Christopher has served for six seasons as the Artistic Director of the Orange County Choral Society and Orchestra, where he founded a unique educational program that offers performance opportunities to talented students alongside professional musicians. His innovative programming has drawn wide audience appeal, and he’s collaborated with many of the finest musicians around the world. He has prepared choruses for John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Keith Lockhart and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and John Mauceri with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
In addition to his professional and academic work, Mr. Gravis has been the Director of Music at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church for the past five years where he has developed a robust choral program in the Anglican cathedral tradition. They are recognized as one the finest sacred music programs in Southern California, and present a full season of musical liturgical services including Choral Evensong and the famous Advent Procession of Lessons & Carols. Also of composer of liturgical music, in May of 2015 the Choir of St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church premiered Mr. Gravis’ new setting of the Preces & Responses.
Mr. Gravis, a California native, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Redlands, studied conducting in Salzburg, Austria. He earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from California State University Fullerton, and is currently Doctoral candidate (ABD) at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he was a student of Larry Livingston.