Chris is an active choral conductor, music teacher and performer. He conducted the International Choral Program at the Festival of Voices in Tasmania (July 2015, 2016, invited 2017) and will conduct at the Pemulway National Male Voice Festival in Brisbane (July 2017).
Through Gondwana Choirs, Chris has conducted Gondwana Singers at National Choral School in Sydney (2014, 2015, invited for 2017), Gondwana Young Men’s Choir (Festival of Voices 2015, Tasmania) as well as festivals and workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. Chris co-conducted the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir with Lyn Williams (OAM) from 2013 through 2016.
As Associate Conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (2007-2008), Chris toured throughout New Zealand and to South America.
He performed with Voices New Zealand, the national chamber choir, from 2002- 2013 including regular performances at the NZ International Arts Festival and with the NZSO, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Hilliard Ensemble and tours to Europe (2005) and the World Choral Symposium in Argentina (2011). Chris features on Voices New Zealand’s CD recording, ‘Voice of the Soul’, which was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2014 NZ Music Awards.
Chris was Director of Music & Performing Arts at Waimea College, Nelson, for 10 years. He founded the school’s chamber choir, Belle a Cappella, which was invited to The Big Sing National Finale three times earning Silver, Bronze and Adjudicator’s Awards.
Chris has performed as a classical voice soloist in numerous concerts and productions, most notably ‘Carmina Burana’ at the Nelson Arts Festival (2008). He founded Musica Ficta, Nelson’s Early Music vocal ensemble, and performed with Baroque Voices, the professional Early Music ensemble based in Wellington. Chris played trombone with the Nelson Symphony and co-founded the funk band, Trent de L’Amour and the Subcommittee. It is rumoured that he was a member of Comrade Z, Nelson’s loudest East European klezmer band (though this has never been proven).
He currently teaches Music, Religious Education and is eLearning Middle Leader at St. Monica’s College, Cairns’ oldest school and only all-girls Catholic school. Chris conducts the college’s Senior Choir, formed the school’s first Brass Ensemble and reignited the boys’ choir at neighbouring St. Augustine’s College. He has performed at the Cairns Festival, at the Centre of Contemporary Arts through Paradise Concerts and performs on accordion and piano with Tango Amor.