Dr. Christopher Aspaas serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, TX and recently served as the Robert Scholz Endowed Chair in Music and Associate Professor of Choral/Vocal Music at St. Olaf College.
Christopher received his PhD in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. He has been on the faculties of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
At TCU, Christopher conducts the TCU Concert Chorale, the University’s premier choral ensemble. He teaches coursework in Choral Literature and Conducting and leads the graduate choral conducting program. 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.
Christopher has produced more than 40 arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s and women’s choirs. 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.
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.