Location: Texas, USA
Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at Texas Christian University, received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. Christopher has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
At TCU, Aspaas conducts the Chorale, an ensemble of 50 undergrafuate and graduate students from across campus. In addition, he leads coursework in conducting, choral literature and other special topics. From 2008 to 2013, Aspaas served as the Artistic Director and Conductor for Magnum Chorum, a Twin Cities choral ensemble that is “Transforming Audiences through Artistry and Spirit,” and led the ensemble at the North Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association and also at the Chorus America National Conference in Minneapolis.
His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator have taken Christopher to Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and twice to the Sultanate of Oman. He has conducted All-State Choruses in Colorado, Kentucky, North and South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin, and most recently led the Minnesota Men's All-State Chorus.
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., and other solo roles with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia. 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, Aspaas returned to the role of Evangelist in the St. John Passion at Wingate University, under the direction of Dr. Kenney Potter