A glimpse of the Bosque del Apache in winter as thousands of snow geese ascend en masse as if on cue.
Improvisation undoes the great wrong. - Shelly Berg
Music and music education have been the focus of Chris’ life and work. With the advantages of excellent public school music programs and a musical home as a foundation, Chris received her BA in music education (with a minor in French) from Concordia College, Moorhead. She toured nationally and internationally with the Concordia Choir. She also holds a MA in vocal performance from Cal State East Bay. Her diverse career has included teaching music at the junior high level, directing church choirs, playing keyboards in casual bands and delivering singing telegrams. She co-founded the Actor’s Training Project in Oakland, CA, a program integrating voice, acting and movement. Initially working as a piano accompanist at New Mexico State University, she went on to become a vocal professor there. Chris also taught commercial music at the University of Texas at El Paso, acting as director of vocal jazz ensembles at both universities. She has truly come into her own as performer and songwriter since turning 50. Singing and playing guitar with the Hard Road ensembles (duo, trio and full band), she has traveled the country performing at top acoustic venues and festivals. Her songs have won three New Mexico Music Awards and she collaborated in writing a fully staged musical called We Are Enron produced by Emmy award winner Mark Medoff. She has acted as clinician and judge for solo and choral competitions and taught at acoustic music camps including Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp and Camp Bluegrass. 2014 was the inaugural year for Desert NIght Acoustic Music Camp Camp at the Black Range Lodge in the Gila National Forest hosted by Chris and The Hard Road Trio.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Trumpet when Chet Baker plays it
3: What was the worst advice?
(I'm not very good at listening to advice.)
4: What was your first concert?
Worthington (MN) City Band in the band shell at Chatauqua Park
5: What/where is the best road food?
Salmon sashimi in Portland OR
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
From Kara Sauder, SLP re: singing: "Is it easy and does it vibrate?"
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
My son when he plays electric guitar