My Awarded Projects
Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya
Chicago New Music Community presents first large-scale Ustvolskaya Concert Festival and Symposium in the United StatesCreated By: Chicago Ustvolskaya Festival
Christopher Wendell Jones is a composer of intricately designed music that explores issues of identity, memory and time in distinctive, unconventional ways. Christopher has presented his music in performances and lectures nationally and internationally at venues including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in Germany, the Ictus International Composition Seminar in Brussels, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, Merkin Hall in New York and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has worked with a broad range of ensembles and soloists such as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Callithumpian Consort, the sfSoundGroup, guitarist, Magnus Andersson, violinists, Janet Sung and Mark Menzies, pianist, Ann Yi and flautist, Lisa Cella. Among his honors are commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, three commissions from the American Composers Forum, and a Cohn Fellowship to attend the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA.
Also an active pianist and conductor, Christopher has a strong affinity for experimental and avant-garde music. He has given numerous premieres and has worked with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, Julio Estrada, Helmut Lachenmann, and Stefano Scodanibbio. He merges his interests in composition, performance and improvisation as a member of the innovative Bay Area new music group, sfSound.
Currently residing in Chicago, Christopher joined the music faculty at DePaul University as Assistant Professor of Musicianship and Composition in 2011. As a long-time resident of San Francisco, he previously taught composition and music theory at Stanford, San Francisco State, and San José State Universities, and worked extensively with young composers at Lowell High School in San Francisco through a Composer-in-the-Schools residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum. He completed a doctorate in composition at Stanford University, studying principally with Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey. He also earned degrees in composition from the University of Calgary, and piano from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory.