D.M.A., M.M. University of Kansas
As director of choral activities at Davidson College, I conduct three unique choirs in the Music Department. The Davidson College Chorale, Davidson Singers, and the Choral Arts Society and Pro Arte Orchestra. In addition to my choral duties, I also teach private voice to any student who wants to learn more about the art of singing.
For five years I was associate director of choral activities and tenured associate professor of voice at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. There I taught private voice on the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducted three choirs including a Women's Chorus, and taught Choral Composition and Theory. I also served as the artistic director for the school's annual Christmas Gala that attracted thousands of children and adults in eight performances each year.
I have travelled extensively nationally and internationally, serving as guest conductor, clinician, and singer in several states and abroad—Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), I have directed choirs and taught award winning voice students who participated in state and regional conferences for both associations.
As a baritone soloist, I have performed in numerous operas, oratorios, recitals, and churches throughout my career. I am a founding member of and soloist for the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, a professional choral ensemble based in Kansas City, Missouri. My performances have been praised as "magnificent" in the Kansas City Metropolis, and the Kansas City Star wrote, "Bass Christopher Gilliam was marvelous, with strikingly rich tone and impeccable diction." I have also sung with the Minnesota Beethoven Festival (Dale Warland, conductor) and Kansas City Collegium Vocale.
As a choral composer, I have published music with Alliance Music, Beckenhorst Press, Soundforth—a division of Lorenz Press—and I am an ASCAP member. In 2003 I became an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society, and I became an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 2011.