Music: Choir director and assistant professor of music
Christopher Jackson, D.M.A., is the director of choral activities at Lycoming College. He conducts the Lycoming College Choir, Lycoming Chamber Choir, Tour Choir, and teaches music history, conducting and applied voice lessons. He also serves as the artistic director for the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra and is the co-founder, with his wife, Fiona Jackson, of the Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra, now in its third season. He and his wife are also the co-founders of new professional ensemble Bricolage, which will debut with local performances of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning composition The Little Match Girl Passion in conjunction with the Lycoming College Art and Music Departments and an outreach with the local Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).
Professor Jackson works frequently as a guest conductor for Honors Festival Choirs around the state, leads the Lycoming Tour Choir on a yearly week-long tour, most recently to China, and was honored with an invitation to participate in a master class at the Daejeon International Choral Festival World Choral Symposium in Deajeon, South Korea with Maestro Winfried. His next upcoming engagement includes giving a master class to conductors in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Prior to his position at Lycoming College, Jackson directed the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus in Denton, Texas, conducted the UNT Collegium Singers, the school’s premiere early music ensemble, an as an assistant, and assisted with the direction of The Denton Bach Society. He also taught choir and music theory at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona. In Arizona, he served as vice president of high school activities of the Arizona Music Educators Association Choral Chapter, and assisted with the direction of the early music ensemble, Musica Sonora.
In addition to conducting, Jackson enjoys an active singing career. He currently sings with and serves as the educational outreach director for Skylark Vocal Ensemble with whom he recently recorded a 2017 GRAMMY nominated album. Jackson also appears regularly with Kinnara Ensemble, for whom he has given pre-concert lectures on his specialized field of research, the music of Benjamin Britten.
Jackson will debut this season with GRAMMY award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Previously, he has appeared as a soloist and ensemble singer with The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, True Concord Voices, The South Dakota Chorale, The Tulsa Signature Symphony, The Westminster Chamber Choir and The Denton Bach Society. He can also be heard as a featured performer on The Westminster Choir’s 2010 recording, Noel. Opera credits include Narrator in The Three Penny Opera and 2nd Armed Guard in The Magic Flute with the Spoleto Festival USA.
Jackson received his bachelor’s in voice performance from Oklahoma State University and his master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College where he was the assistant conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Joe Miller, D.M.A. He received his D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.