Christopher Aspaas serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at TCU and most recently served as the Robert Scholz Endowed Chair in Music and Associate Professor of Choral/Vocal Music at St. Olaf College, Christopher received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. Christopher has served on the faculties of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
At St. Olaf, Aspaas conducted the Viking Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble of first-year student men, as well as the Saint Olaf Chapel Choir, a 100-voice ensemble specializing in the performance of oratorio and larger multi-movement works. In recent years, Christopher has conducted performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Mozart Requiem and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, which was chosen for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio.
His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator have taken Christopher to Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ontario, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and three times to the Sultanate of Oman. He has conducted All-State Choruses in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin as well as the British Columbia and Manitoba All-Province Honour Choirs. Additionally, Christopher led the All-Northwest Mixed Choir in 2015 and will lead the ACDA Southern Division Men’s Honor Choir in 2016.
Christopher has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s and women’s choirs. Commissioned works include Love Divine, Be Present Now for women’s choir, A Closed Path for mixed choir, Tomorrow, I Will Come (The O Antiphons) for mixed chorus, and most recently Shout for Joy to the Lord for mixed choir, brass, organ and optional youth choir. His works are published by Augsburg Fortress, earthsongs, Hal Leonard, and Aspen Hill Music, a publishing house Christopher co-founded with his wife Nancy in 2013.
Aspaas is also active as a tenor soloist, performing Bach cantatas with Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Evangelist roles in the John and Matthew Passions of Bach with the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, Ind., and other solo roles with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia. Aspaas traveled to San Luis Obispo, California for a performance of Franz Josef Haydn’s Theresienmesse and Johann Michael Haydn’s Requiem with the Cuesta Master Chorale and Orchestra. In March 2012, Aspaas returned to the role of Evangelist in the St. John Passion at Wingate University and also with the St. Olaf Cantorei in its 2014 performance of Bach’s cantata Aus der Tiefe, rufe ich Herr zu dir.
BM – St. Olaf College
MM – Michigan State University
PhD – Florida State University