Christopher Gravis is an American choral and orchestral conductor, composer, and lecturer. Dr. Gravis serves as the Canon for Music & Cathedral Arts at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles, and the Assistant Professor & Director of Choral Activities at California State University Los Angeles. He has led the professional ensemble Clarion Singers in residence at Canterbury Cathedral, and regularly guest conducts the LA Schola. For seven years he served as Director of Music at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, where he led the choir in residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral – London. Under his successful leadership, the choir has since been asked to sing in residence at Westminster Abbey in the Summer of 2018. Most recently, Christopher guest-conducted the Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge in October of 2018.
He is considered a specialist in the area of English choral-orchestral masterworks, and of Anglican liturgical music. Dr. Gravis published a dissertation on The Development of Anglican Chant in Twentieth-Century. Alongside a robust liturgical music season at St. John’s Cathedral, Dr. Gravis conducts monthly services of Choral Evensong, Compline, and is internationally sought after as a guest conductor.
Active as both a choral and orchestral conductor, Gravis made his debut with the San Diego Symphony in 2014, and recently finished several seasons leading the acclaimed Orange Coast College Symphony. Dr. Gravis is also a composer of choral and liturgical music. His setting of the Preces & Responses was premiered at Canterbury Cathedral in 2016.
A native of Southern California, he earned degrees in music from the University of Redlands, California State University - Fullerton, and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.