Chris holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Oregon. He grew up in Eugene, participating in school choirs, the Oregon Children’s Choir and the Oregon Bach Festival Youth Choral Academy. At the University of Oregon, Chris sang in the University Singers, the Chamber Choir and On the Rocks (the University of Oregon’s male a cappella group). Chris was the 2005 recipient of the Max D. Risinger Award for Excellence in Choral Music Education. As an active local musician, he conducts and sings with various choirs throughout the performance season. He has also served as clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor for various Oregon choral festivals such as the 2016 International Championship of Collegiate Acappella Northwest Semifinals and the 2013 Oregon Children's Choir Festival. Chris currently teaches choir at South Eugene High School and Spencer Butte Middle School, directs the Oregon Young Men's Ensemble and the Oregon Boychoir, and sings with the nationally-recognized contemporary acappella group, Rezonate. He is also an active composer and arranger, having won the best original arrangement award at the Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes competition in March of 2009.