1. Master of Music, Choral Conducting, Yale School of Music

  2. Bachelor of Arts, Music (Composition), Harvard University

International composer and conductor Christopher Hossfeld has an inventive compositional style and creates music for concerts, films, and religious services. As an established conductor, he has led both choral and instrumental ensembles with his precise technique and commanding knowledge of music. He has conducted concerts in the United States and Canada, and prepared choirs for conductors Michael Zaugg and Trevor Pinnock. His music has been performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D. C.), Yale and Harvard Universities, Jordan Hall (Boston, Massachusetts), the Toronto Music Garden, and at concerts in Montréal and Ottawa.

INFO: a full bio, résumé, contact information, and conducting repertory.

COMPOSITIONS: a full list of compositions with links to scores, recordings, and program notes.


Ottawa Citizen review of Ave Regina Caelorum world premiere, performed by the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, 31 March 2010:

  1. “As a bonus there was a premier inserted between the Scarlatti [Stabat Mater] and Bach [Jesu meine Freude]. Christopher Hossfeld’s Ave Regina Caelorum was composed in the knowledge of its position in the program. Accordingly, it fit nicely, serving as a kind of harmonic bridge. It would undoubtedly stand well on its own, too. It is full of wonderful structural dissonances and makes effective use of certain techniques that are frowned upon in the traditional harmony texts...”

  2. Richard Todd. “Cantata Singers push musical limits to enjoyable result.”
    Ottawa Citizen, 2 April 2010.  

Boston Globe review of concerto GROSSO world premiere, performed by A Far Cry, Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, 30 October 2009:

  1. “Christopher Hossfeld’s odd yet compelling concerto GROSSO for 18 strings received its first performance. Each of its three movements refers to death; offsetting the gloom is a sense of mischief and irony.... The finale opens seriously, with a beautiful passage for four violas, but later morphs into a rustic folk dance before sliding back into the unsettling dissonances with which the piece opens.”

  2. David Weininger. “A Far Cry brings compelling chaos to Jordan Hall.”
    Boston Globe, 2 November 2009.  

Conducting the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Capital Brass Works in “For the Fallen,” Dominion-Chalmers Church, Ottawa, 14 November 2009:

  1. “The program opened with Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst, written in 1945 for unnacompanied chorus by Rudolf Mauersberger.... And the Cantata Singers rendered it with some of their best singing of recent memory.”

  2. Richard Todd. “A perfect post-Remembrance Day tribute.”
    Ottawa Citizen, 18 November 2009.  

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