Now a resident of New York and Los Angeles, Christopher maintains a strong sense of Iowa pride for his hometown of Cedar Rapids.
A former student of Cedar Rapids native, Karla Goettel, one of his earliest gigs was the role of Captain Walker in Theater Cedar Rapids' acclaimed production of The Who's "Tommy!" opposite Broadway star, Megan Reinking. He participated in many other productions, concerts and competitions throughout his time in Iowa where he attended Coolidge Elementary, Taft Middle School and Jefferson High School '99. His tenure at Jefferson took him to Pasadena, CA to march in the Rose Parade as a drum major with the "Band of Blue" and to Nashville with the showchoir "Westside Delegation" to win the title of Grand Champions at the National Showstoppers Competition to name a few.
Christopher had the honor of being a guest performer at Brucemore's "Cabaret in the Courtyard" a few summers ago premiering his cabaret "Some Enchanted Evening."
Christopher left Cedar Rapids to pursue studies in singing at Arizona State University, California State University, Long Beach and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada and Europe where he has performed in numerous Broadway shows, concerts and operas. The advantage to being part of a Broadway tour is that they often come through Des Moines! Two years ago he was seen in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera": "Love Never Dies." Before that, he toured through Des Moines with the National Broadway Tour of Evita to glowing reviews for his portrayal of the tango singer "Augustin Magaldi." Prior Broadway Tours include South Pacific, which toured over 50 cities and whose Lincoln Center revival won 7 Tony Awards. He reprised his role as Lieutenant Cable in this same production at the Ogunquit Playhouse and earned "Best Actor" by the Broadway World Boston Awards.
As a solo artist, Christopher has sung with Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, The Mark Morris Dance Group and Opera Pacific. He has been featured at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, NYC's Town Hall, The Toronto Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, The New Mexico Philharmonic, The Modesto and Omaha Symphonies, The Tanglewood Music Festival conducted by James Levine and The Castleton Music Festival conducted by Lorin Maazel.
Christopher balances his performing career with his position as Director of Operations at Burkestone Estate in Hudson, NY.
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