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Smoke and MirrorsMost of my electroacoustic music involving live performers takes advantage of the potential for perceptual ambiguity between acoustic and electroacoustic domains. Each domain engages in a sort of cross-pollination with the other, where ideas from the acoustic world appear in the electronics and vice versa, resulting in an overall integrated gestalt. In Smoke and Mirrors, I took this approach again with the guiding concept of considering the ensemble and electronics as two components of an object or image capable of gradually coming into and out of focus.
Christopher has been honored with awards including a BMI Student Composer Award, an ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission, two first prizes from the Austin Peay State University Young Composer's Award, winner of the American Modern Ensemble’s Annual Composition Competition, and the Nadia Boulanger Composition Prize from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Christopher received his B.A. in composition and theory from the University of Richmond, his M.M. in composition from Bowling Green State University, and he is currently completing his Ph.D. at the Eastman School of Music.