Chris Prosser

Composer Info

Name
Chris Prosser
Biography

Christopher Prosser (b. 1978, San Francisco, CA) is an American composer and conductor of contemporary art music. He has composed works for orchestra, the theater, chamber ensembles, choir, art songs, and solo pieces, all of which are primarily inspired by the visual arts, literature, and natural landscapes.

Prosser’s music has been presented across the US and internationally at festivals and conferences including the Cortona Sessions for New Music, NASA, the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, Portland State University’s Theater Arts Program, the Brevard Music Center, and NACUSA. His works have been performed by the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, DuoSolo, The Riverside Chamber Symphony, ITCH Ensemble, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Sospiro New Music Vocal Ensemble, the Tai Hei Ensemble, the University of Oregon Women’s Choir, and The Louisiana Sinfonietta, among others.

As a conductor and passionate advocate for new music, Prosser has conducted over 40 world premiere performances of works by young and emerging composers. He has held posts with the Sospiro New Music Vocal Ensemble and served as the Associate Conductor of the Riverside Chamber Symphony for their 2011-2012 season (Oregon). He is also the co-founder and co-director of Tetractys, a new music concert series based in Austin, Texas.

Prosser is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is an Assistant Instructor in the Music Theory Department. At UT, he was the recipient of the Robert Jeffry Womack Endowed Presidential Scholarship and the Kent Kennan Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Music Composition. He also holds degrees from The University of Oregon (M. Mus., 2010) and Louisiana State University (B. Mus., 2007).

Short Bio

Christopher S. Prosser (b. 1978, San Francisco, CA) is an American composer and conductor of contemporary art music. He has composed works for orchestra, the theater, various chamber ensembles, choir, art songs, and solo pieces, all of which are primarily inspired by the visual arts, literature, and natural landscapes. Prosser’s music has been presented across the US and internationally at various festivals and conferences, and his works have been performed by such ensembles as The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, DuoSolo, and The Louisiana Sinfonietta. As a passionate advocate for new music, he has conducted over 40 world premiere performances of works by young and emerging composers, and is the co-director of Tetractys, a new music concert series based in Austin, Texas. He is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is an Assistant Instructor in the Music Theory Department.

Website
http://christopherprosser.com
Influences
Josquin, Stravisnky, Bartok, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Crumb, Messiaen, Barber, to name a few
Genres of Interest
chamber music, orchestral, art songs, solo pieces

Student Information

Degree Pursuing
DMA, Composition
Hometown
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Other Degrees
Masters Composition, University of Oregon, 2010; Bachelor of Music Composition, LSU, 2007; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, College of Charleston, 2001

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