Novitiate, with original music by Christopher Stark, in theaters 10/27




BIO //

Christopher Stark (b. 1980, St. Ignatius, MT) is a composer of contemporary classical music deeply rooted in the American West. Having spent his formative years in rural western Montana, his music is always seeking to capture the expansive energy of this quintessential American landscape. Stark, whose music The New York Times has called, "fetching and colorful," has been awarded prizes and commissions from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Chamber Music America, the Orléans International Piano Competition, and ASCAP. Named a 2017 "Rising Star" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, his music has been performed by such ensembles as Alarm Will Sound, American Composers Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, New Morse Code, FLUX Quartet, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. In 2012, he was a resident composer at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Umbria, Italy, and in June of 2016 he was awarded a residency at Copland House. Recent highlights included performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. His score for the feature-length film, “Novitiate,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2017 and will be theatrically released in October of 2017 by Sony Pictures Classics.


CONTACT //

starkca@gmail.com


HEADSHOT //

photograph by Fabio Bracarda for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation


MUSIC //

// large ensemble

True North for sinfonietta
AUDIO
// SCORE
Ignatian Exercises for sinfonietta
AUDIO // SCORE
Promontories: After Three Photographs by Ansel Adams for chamber orchestra
AUDIO // SCORE
...and start west for chamber orchestra
AUDIO
// SCORE
Soldier Asleep at the Tomb for soprano, orchestra, and electronics
VIDEO
// SCORE
Velocity Meadows for solo oboe, wind ensemble, electronics, and video
VIDEO
// SCORE
Augenblick for wind ensemble and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE

// chamber ensemble

Spring Music for string quartet
AUDIO
// SCORE
Winter Music for string quartet
VIDEO
// SCORE
Piano Quartet for violin, viola, cello, and piano
VIDEO // SCORE
The Language of Landscapes for cello, percussion, and electronics
AUDIO
// SCORE
Nanokonzert for solo trombone and chamber ensemble
AUDIO
// SCORE
Nanoconcerto 2 for solo trombone and chamber ensemble
AUDIO
// SCORE
Monday, Midnight for tenor voice, alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
AUDIO (excerpt)
// SCORE
This is Not a Story for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
SCORE

Sounding Strategies for septet
AUDIO (excerpt)
// SCORE
Mercy Bell for l'histoire septet
AUDIO
// SCORE
Rosenthal Miniatures for oboe and bass clarinet with image projection
VIDEO
// SCORE
Borrowed Chords for clarinet, violin, and piano
AUDIO
// SCORE
Stars in Dead Reflection for clarinet, bass, vibes, and piano
AUDIO // SCORE
Refuge for brass quintet and electronics
SCORE

Foreword for two pianos and electronics
AUDIO
// SCORE
Horizon for clarinet and piano
SCORE
Chamber Etudes for flute, clarinet, horn, and piano
SCORE
Deposition for cello, piano, and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE
aMBiValence for string trio and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE
Archipel for oboe, violin, and cello
SCORE

// solo

in Memory for piano
AUDIO // SCORE
Red Ochre for violin and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE
Two-Handed Storytelling for piano and electronics
AUDIO // SCORE

// film score

Novitiate
TRAILER


PERFORMANCES //

05 May 2018 // New Work
No Exit New Music Ensemble
Cleveland, OH

03 May 2018 // Summer Music (World Premiere) & Spring Music
Momenta Quartet
St. Louis, MO

30 April 2018 // New Work
No Exit New Music Ensemble
Cleveland, OH

27 April 2018 // New Work (World Premiere)
No Exit New Music Ensemble
Cleveland, OH

04 January-26 March 2018 // Artist-in-Residence USF Bergen
Bergen, Norway

10 December 2017 // Augenblick
VT Wind Ensemble, Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

10-12 November 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Ottawa LGBT Film Festival
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

30 October-05 November 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Windsor International Film Festival
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

29 October 2017 // The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Werner Recital Hall
Cincinnati Conservatory, OH

24-29 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
American Film Festival
Wrocław, Poland

20 October 2017 // Horizon
Chris Grymes, clarinet & Jeremy Gill, piano
National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

13-22 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Barrie Film Festival
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

05-15 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Brazil

05-09 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Hamptons International Film Festival
East Hampton, NY

29 September-06 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Film Festival Cologne
Germany

28 September-07 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Edmonton International Film Festival
Canada

20 September-01 October 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Calgary International Film Festival
Canada

24-30 September 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Balinale // International Film Festival in Bali
Indonesia

20 September 2017 // Sounding Strategies (World Premiere)
Members of the SLSO
World Chess Hall of Fame
St. Louis, MO

14 September 2017 // Borrowed Chords
F-PLUS
Central Michigan University
Mt Pleasant, MI

13 September 2017 // Borrowed Chords
F-PLUS
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

09 September 2017 // Monday, Midnight
ZouM Ensemble
560 Music Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

08 September 2017 // Monday, Midnight (World Premiere)
ZouM Faculty New Music Ensemble
Whitmore Recital Hall
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

07-17 September 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

17 June 2017 // This is Not a Story (World Premiere)
Missouri Chamber Music Festival
First Congregational Church of Webster Groves
St. Louis, MO

17 June 2017 // Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
"Produced by Ichiyanagi" Festival
Yokohama, Japan

14 June 2017 // The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Geneva Music Festival
Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
Geneva, NY

11 June 2017 // Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
"Produced by Ichiyanagi" Festival
Yokohama, Japan

13 May 2017 // Arrangements of music from the TV show Hannibal
Alarm Will Sound
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

10 May 2017 // Arrangements of music from the TV show Hannibal
Alarm Will Sound
Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

04 April 2017 // Augenblick & Mercy Bell & Velocity Meadows
University of Northern Iowa Symphonic Band, Danny Galyen, conductor
Heather Peyton, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

23 March 2017 // Sounding Strategies
Installation for Digital Chessboard and Electronics
World Chess Hall of Fame
St. Louis, MO

17 February 2017 // Augenblick
Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble, Parker Bixby, conductor
National Association for Music Education Northwest Division Conference
Bellevue, WA

16 February 2017 // Augenblick
Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble, Parker Bixby, conductor
Mercer Island, WA

05 February 2017 // Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
Mannes College, The New School, Schneider Concerts
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, New York, NY

21 January 2017 // Foreword (World Premiere)
HereNowHear (Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Andrew Zhou, pianists)
Vanguard New Music Guest Artist Series
Ludwig Recital Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH

19-29 January 2017 // Novitiate (Film Score)
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, UT

10 January 2017 // Guest Lecture
Composition Seminar
University of Chicago, IL

13-16 December 2016 // Workshopping arrangements of music from the TV show Hannibal
Alarm Will Sound
Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

07 December 2016 // Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
Groupmuse House Concert
Brooklyn, NY

06 November 2016 // ...and start west
American Composers Orchestra, George Manahan, conductor
Frontier Music, Society for New Music, "Fresh Ink"
WCNY-FM Radio Broadcast
Syracuse, NY

05 November 2016 // Winter Music
Ulysses Quartet
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

24 October 2016 // The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Kemper Art Museum
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

02 October 2016 // Winter Music
Momenta Quartet
Momenta Festival II
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY

30 September 2016 // Guest Lecture
Composition Seminar
Brown University, Providence, RI

27 September 2016 // Winter Music
Momenta Quartet
WKCR Live Broadcast
Columbia University, New York, NY

15 September 2016 // Horizon (World Premiere)
Chris Grymes, clarinet & Xak Bjerken, piano
Pillsbury Theater, 560 Music Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

05 August 2016 // Spring Music (World Premiere)
FLUX Quartet
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe, NM

12 July 2016 // The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Historic Park-McCullough
Bennington, VT

08 June 2016 // Mercy Bell (NY Premiere)
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble
NY Phil Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

27 May 2016 // Red Ochre & Deposition
Clara Lyon, violin, Elizabeth Lyon, cello, & Hannah Sun, piano
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME

22 May 2016 // The Language of Landscapes
New Morse Code
Concerts on the Slope
St. John's Episcopal Church (Park Slope)
Brooklyn, NY

17 May 2016 // Two-Handed Storytelling
Ensemble Alternance
Dimitri Vassilakis, piano
Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy

05 May 2016 // Winter Music (World Premiere)
Momenta Quartet
E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

04 May 2016 // Nanokonzert & Nanoconcerto 2 (World Premiere)
Lee Allen, trombone, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

24 April 2016 // Dynamism of a Speeding Horse
James Madison University Concert Band, Chad Reep, conductor
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

18 April 2016 // in memory
Xak Bjerken, piano
Memorial Concert for Steven Stucky
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

20 March 2016 // Velocity Meadows
St. Cloud State Wind Ensemble, Catharine Sinon Bushman, conductor
Heather Peyton, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

18 March 2016 // Velocity Meadows
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor
Dan Williams, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno

10 March 2016 // Velocity Meadows
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor
Dan Williams, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

06 March 2016 // Velocity Meadows
Cornell University Wind Ensemble, James Spinazzola, conductor
Emily DiAngelo, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

04 March 2016 // Velocity Meadows
TCNJ Wind Ensemble, David Vickerman, conductor
Kathy Mitchell, soprano sax
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

02 March 2016 // in memory (World Premiere)
Xak Bjerken, piano
Memorial Concert for Steven Stucky
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

27 February 2016 // Two-Handed Storytelling
Ensemble Alternance
Dimitri Vassilakis, piano
Musée d'Art Moderne A. Malraux, Auditorium, Le Havre, France

12 February 2016 // Velocity Meadows
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Ambrose, conductor
Beth Orson, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Chan Shun Concert Hall, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA

06 February 2015 // Velocity Meadows
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul Popiel, conductor
Margaret Marco, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

01 February 2016 // Two-Handed Storytelling
Ensemble Alternance
Dimitri Vassilakis, piano
Conservatoire Supérieur Régional de Musique, Auditorium M. Landowski, Paris, France

29 January 2016 // Refuge (World Premiere)
C Street Brass
"Exposed Wiring V" Southern Exposure New Music Series
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

29 January 2016 // Velocity Meadows
Hodgson Wind Ensemble, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor
Reid Messich, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Classic Center, Athens, GA

07 January 2016 // Piano Quartet
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Berkeley Piano Club
Berkeley, CA

05 December 2015 // Rosenthal Miniatures
Great Noise Ensemble
Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

04 December 2015 // Rosenthal Miniatures
Great Noise Ensemble
The War Memorial, Baltimore, MD

21 November 2015 // Chamber Études (World Premiere)
Chamber Project St. Louis
560 Music Center, St. Louis, MO

20 November 2015 // True North and arr. of Damon Davis' Saturn Theme from City of God
Alarm Will Sound
Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

20 November 2015 // Rosenthal Miniatures
Video Projection with Audio Recording by Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh & Christopher Kirkpatrick
Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

13 November 2015 // Velocity Meadows
Montana State University Wind Ensemble, Nathan Stark, conductor
Beth Antonopulos, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Reynolds Recital Hall in Howard Hall
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

10 November 2015 // Chamber Études (Public Workshop)
Chamber Project St. Louis
Tavern of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO

09 November 2015 // Piano Quartet
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Festival of New American Music
Music Recital Hall, Sacramento State University, CA

02 November 2015 // The Language of Landscapes (World Premiere)
New Morse Code
DUC Chamber Music Series
Goldberg Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

24 October 2015 // Rosenthal Miniatures
Richard Faria, bass clarinet & Paige Morgan, oboe
Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

22 October 2015 // Velocity Meadows
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul Popiel, conductor
Margaret Marco, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

15 October 2015 // Velocity Meadows
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, conductor
Dan Williams, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

21 September 2015 // Rosenthal Miniatures
Richard Faria, bass clarinet & Paige Morgan, oboe
Faculty Showcase Recital
Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

15 September 2015 // Velocity Meadows
Hodgson Wind Ensemble, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor
Reid Messich, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Hodgson Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

27 August 2015 // Ignatian Exercises
Arctic Philharmonic / Bodø Sinfonietta, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Bodø - Tromsø, Norway

08 August 2015 // Ignatian Exercises
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Aspen Music Festival
Bucksbaum Campus, Castle Creek 01, Aspen, CO

07 August 2015 // Ignatian Exercises
Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Aspen Music Festival
Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

01 August 2015 // The Language of Landscapes (Preview Performance)
New Morse Code
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
Boscawen, NH

25 July 2015 // True North (World Premiere)
Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson, conductor
Mizzou International Composers Festival
Missouri Theater, Columbia, MO

09-15 June 2015 // The Language of Landscapes (Preview Performance and Workshop)
New Morse Code
Geneva Music Festival
Geneva, NY

20 May 2015 // Velocity Meadows
Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Larry Gookin, conductor
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, guest soloist, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall, Ellensburg, WA

18 May 2015 // The Language of Landscapes (Preview Performance)
New Morse Code
Chamber Music America Showcase
Bryant Park, New York, NY

06 May 2015 // Ignatian Exercises
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Timothy Weiss, conductor
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

26 April 2015 // Two-Handed Storytelling
Dmitris Kostopoulos, piano
Finals of the Edvard Grieg International Composition Competition
National Gallery, Oslo, Norway

17-20 April 2015 // Two-Handed Storytelling
No Exit New Music Ensemble
Cleveland, OH

28 March 2015 // Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

27 March 2015 // Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Friends of Chamber Music
WCR Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

16 March 2015 // Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Founders Brewery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

03 March 2015 // Velocity Meadows (World Premiere)
University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Smart, conductor
Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe
Andrew Lucia, video designer
Music Recital Hall, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

17 January 2015 // Two-Handed Storytelling
Johanna Ballou, piano and electronics
New Music Circle
560 Music Center, St. Louis, MO

23 November 2014 // Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

14 November 2014 // Soldier Asleep at the Tomb (World Premiere)
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

06 November 2014 // Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

04 November 2014 // Sonnet XVII
Leanne King Macdonald, viola and electronics
Mexicains Sans Fronteries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

26 October 2014 // Borrowed Chords
Chamber Project St. Louis
Shuck Recital Hall, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

20 October 2014 // Piano Quartet
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Knoxville, TN

19 October 2014 // Piano Quartet (World Premiere)
Los Angeles Piano Quartet
Louisville, KY

17 October 2014 // Augenblick
UMD Wind Ensemble, Michael Votta, conductor
Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

17 October 2014 // Borrowed Chords
Chamber Project St. Louis
The Chapel Venue, St. Louis, MO



background photograph by Collin Stark © 2017