Welcome to the online portfolio of Christopher Winders

I am a composer, engraver and music technologist. Here you will find samples of my work as well as client projects.

Novemeber, 2013: The new website for Table Top Opera has gone live! I've upgraded the interface including copious information on our upcoming projects. Please visit us at tabletopopera.com

Projects

I am currently serving as technical director of Table Top Opera, a faculty ensemble at the Eastman School of Music that focuses on multi-media projects. Below is a list of our productions. For even more information visit tabletopopera.com

    The Veils of Salomé

    • October 8, 2014: Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester
    • October 10, 2014: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music
    • The Veils of Salomé will bring together, at the University of Rochester, a distinguished group of scholars and performers to present and discuss images of Salomé as a focus for the study of intersections between religion, the arts, and gender over the centuries.

      The performances will combine the extraordinary narrative power of comic books, the technological resources of modern computers, and the emotional impact of live music to stage bold new versions of operatic masterpieces.

    Paolo Pellegrin: Postcards from America

    • Premier planned for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, 2014
    • Performance of an elecro-acoustic score with Frederico Agostini, violin and James VanDemark, double bass
    • The summer of 1964 was an ignominious time in Rochester’s history. During a three-day period from July 24-26, racial tensions exploded in the city. The National Guard was called in to quell the unrest. The immediate costs were enormous: four deaths, about 350 injured, nearly 1000 arrests, and over one million dollars in property damage. Fifty years later in 2014, the consequences are more difficult to calculate but the scars are readily apparent in Paolo Pellegrin’s recent photographs of Rochester’s inner city. One of the world’s leading photojournalists, Pellegrin spent several weeks in the spring and summer of 2012 embedded with the Rochester Police. His graphic images clearly show the levels of poverty and violence that still exist in Rochester: they chronicle the stark reality of life on the streets and demonstrate just how many social questions have gone unanswered.

      Pellegrin has stated that he is interested in photography that is “unfinished” and that “can trigger a conversation or dialogue.” The goal of this project is to enter into a musical dialog with Pellegrin’s pictures of Rochester. Table Top Opera is a chamber ensemble comprised of faculty and friends of the Eastman School of Music that specializes in combining live music with other media, including still and moving images. Through the use of cutting-edge computer programs, it sets out to present the images in real time, thereby allowing the musicians to respond spontaneously to what they see. In this case, the musicians will respond to Pellegrin’s extraordinary photographs with a newly composed score based on music created or performed in Rochester fifty years ago. The music includes original music by Christopher Winders and works performed by Duke Ellington in Eastman Theatre some ten days after the riots.

    Pelléas Redux

      Premiered on Friday, October 26, 2012
      Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

      Pelléas Redux recaptures the shocking aspects of Pelléas et Mélisande. It takes Maeterlinck’s avant-garde ideas a step further by substituting traditional operatic sets with P. Craig Russell’s comic book version of the story and by replacing the singers and symphony orchestra with a contemporary ensemble comprised of classical, jazz, and electronic musicians. Russell’s illustrations are given in their entirety and, using various cinematic techniques, are presented in the form of a motion comic. Debussy’s original score is trimmed down to under two hours, the standard time frame for concert performances and is rescored for a chamber ensemble: violin, alto sax, trumpet, cello double bass, electric guitar, keyboards, and percussion. The performance will feature Charles Castleman (violin), Griffin Campbell (alto sax), Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Albert Kim (keyboard), Ken Lurie (cello), Dariusz Terefenko (piano), Jason Titus (electric guitar), James VanDemark (bass), Christopher Winders and Matthew Brown (sound and projections).

Selected Compositions

    Table Top Opera

    • The Veils of Salomé (2014)
      • Tpt, Sax, Vln, Vc, Cb, Pno, Kbd, Electronics
      • 90’
      • Premier by Table Top Opera, October 10, 2014
      • Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY
      • Score adapted from Richard Strauss' Salomé
      • Projected images from the comic book, Salomé, by P. Craig Russell
    • Paolo Pellegrin: Postcards from America (2014)
      • Vln, Cb, Electronics with Photographic projections
      • 20’
      • Tentative premier First Niagara Fringe Festival, 2014
      • Photographs taken by Paolo Pellegrino during ride-alongs with the Rochester Police Department, December, 2012
    • Usher, Rodderick (2013)
      • Electronic score for the 1928 silent film The Fall of the House of Usher by James Sibley Watson
      • 13’
    • Pellés Redux (2012)
      • Tpt, Sax, Vln, Vc, Cb, Gt, Pno, Kbd
      • 110’
      • Premier by Table Top Opera, October 26, 2012
      • Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY
      • Score adapted from Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande
      • Projected images from the comic book, Pelléas & Mélisande, by P. Craig Russell

      • (audio excerpt of TTO in rehearsal)

    Chamber Music

    • Chamber Concerto (2002)
      • Flute, Clarinet, Violin/Viola, Cello, Vibraphone, Piano
      • 10’
      • Premiered by Speculum Musicae
      • Crawford Hall, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
    • Correspondence (2007)
      • Guitar and 4-channel processed sound
      • 6’
      • Premiered by Mark DeMott, March 20, 2007
      • Eastman Computer Music Center 20th Anniversary Concert Series
      • Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
    • A Meditative Response to the Date in Question (2005)
      • Cello quartet and narrator
      • 10’
      • Premiered by Christopher Winders with the Ossia New Music Ensemble, April 19, 2007
      • Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
    • Music for Five Winds (2003)
      • Woodwind quintet
      • 11’
    • Pheresis (2005)
      • String trio
      • 10’
      • Premiered by Ari Streisfeld, violin; Chris Otto, viola; Sarah Graf, cello, April 25, 2005
      • Ciminelli Lounge, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
    • Serenade (2005)
      • Viola and Guitar
      • 12’
      • Revised version premiered at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (2001)
    • Quatuor Africanis (2003)
      • String quartet
      • 11’
    • Three Miniatures (2002)
      • Flute, Clarinet, Cello
      • 14’
      • Premier by Elena Lazaro, flute, Corey Quinton-Himmelheber, clarinet, David Himmelheber, cello
    • Vignettes (2009)
      • Flute, Piano
      • 9’

    Large Ensemble

    • Blossom (2005)
      • Brass Ensemble - 4, 3, 3, 1, 1, Timp., Perc.
      • 4’
      • Commisioned by the Eastman Wind Orchestra
      • Premier by the Eastman Wind Orchestra, February 9, 2006
      • Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
    • Concerto grosso (2008)
      • 3,3,3,2 4,3,2,1, Perc., Pno, Hp, String quartet, Strings
      • 15’
      • Premier by the Eastman Philharmonia (Adagio), November 10, 2006
      • Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
    • Hate Machine (2005)
      • 3,3,3,2 4,2,2,1 Perc., Strings
      • 8’
    • Strata (2009)
      • 3,3,3,2 4,3,2,1, Perc., Pno, Hp, Strings
      • 15’
      • Version of Concerto grosso with solo parts integrated into ensemble

    Solo/Keyboard

    • Alban Etude (2009)
      • Marimba
      • 4’
    • Leere (1999)
      • Guitar
      • 4’
      • Premier by William vonReichbauer, guitar
      • Crawford Hall, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
    • Song of the Elders (1999)
      • Flute
      • 9’
      • Premier by Ariane Major, flute
      • Crawford Hall, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
    • Twelve Preludes (2001)
      • Piano
      • 30’
      • Premier by Dimitri Vorobiev, piano
      • Crawford Hall, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

    Vocal

    • Dimissio Jesuitarum (2005)
      • SATB with Tenor solo
      • 4’
    • On the Horizon of the Infinite (2005)
      • Mezzo-soprano, Clarinet, Piano
      • 5’
      • Premier by Tamara Gura, mezzo, Corey Quinton-Himmelheber, clarinet, Allison Gagnon, piano
      • Crawford Hall, UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Engraving Projects

I have been a project engraver for E.B. Marks Music Company since 2002. I have also been employed as marketing assistant and graphic designer, creating jacket designs and contributing to the company website. In 2011 and 2012 I received a Paul Revere Award from the Music Publishers Association of America - First prize: Choral Music (2012) for Bolcom's A Song for St. Cecilia's Day and Second Prize: Piano-Vocal Music for Bolcom's Lucrezia.

Publications

Biography

Christopher Winders, originally from central North Carolina, holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. His dissertation advisors were Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (composition) and Dave Headlam (thesis). While at Eastman he recieved the McCurdy Prize in 2003 and the Samuel Adler Scholarship in 2004, in addition to a departmental assistantship. His principal teachers have been Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak, Allan Schindler and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. In 2006-07 he was a teaching assistant in the Eastman Computer Music Center.

Christopher holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he was a teaching assistant in the theory and aural skills divisions. While there he also was responsible for all departmental audio recordings for faculty and students (1998-2002).

Prior to his study at NCSA, Christopher studied Film Composition at Berklee College of Music, including film history and sound design.

Current research includes theoretical extensions of George Perle's Twelve-tone tonality, as well as java programming for generating analytical and compositional tools.

Education

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Music Composition, Eastman School of Music (2008)
  • Teachers: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (composition);
    Allan Schindler (electronic music)
  • Dissertation Advisors: Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (composition), Dave Headlam (theory)
  • M.M., Music Composition, North Carolina School of the Arts (2003)
  • B.M., Music Composition, North Carolina School of the Arts (2001)
  • Teachers: Lawrence Dillon, Ken Frazelle, Sherwood Shaffer (composition); Michael Rothkopf (electronic music, technology)

Further study

  • Aspen Music Festival (1999), Bowdoin Music Festival (2002)
  • Teachers: Samuel Adler, Sydney Hodkinson, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Tsontakis (composition)
  • Berklee College of Music (film composition)
  • Raleigh Conservatory of Music (piano/composition)
  • Meredith College (piano)

Professional Experience

  • Table Top Opera - Founding member and technical director (2009 - present)
  • The Veils of Salome (in collaboration with the University of Rochester Humanities Department)
  • October 8, 2014: Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester
  • Oct. 10, 2014: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music
  • Paolo Pellegrin: Postcards from America
  • Part of a revue honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rochester race riots in 1964
  • Usher, Rodderick
  • Newly composed score for the 1928 silent film Fall of the House of Usher by James Sibley Watson
  • PelIéas Redux
  • October 26, 2012: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Eastman School of Music
  • Institute for Music Leadership - Eastman School of Music (2009 - present)
  • Implementation of on-line music theory courses designed by Professor Steve Laitz
  • eTheory: Preparing for Graduate Study in Music Theory
  • eTheory Live: Interactive Music Theory Classroom
  • eTheory: Music Theory Fundamentals in 4 Weeks
  • Guest lecture: Introduction to Sibelius (2013)
  • E.B. Marks Music Co. - Music engraver, marketing/design assistant (2002 - present)
  • Warren Benson: The Passing Bell (Cover design for new edition: 2013)
  • The Music of James Reese Europe (Score restoration, jacket design: 2013)
  • William Bolcom: Abendmusik, Ballade, Concert-Piece, Duo Fantasy, Eleventh Quartet, Fantasy-Sonata, Four Piedmont Choruses, Five Fold Five, Lady Liberty, Lucrezia, New York Lights: Concert Paraphrase, Orphée Serenade, Romanza, Searchlight Soul, Song for St. Cecilia’s Day, Third Symphony, A Wedding
  • Curtis Curtis-Smith: Fanfare Lyrique, Games for Brass
  • Paquito D’Rivera: Conversations with Cachao
  • Kenneth Fuchs: Falling Man, On Silver Wings, Quiet in the Land
  • Eastman School of Music (2003-2011)
  • Adjunct - TH400: Analytical Techniques, Summer@Eastman: private composition lessons
  • Departmental Assistant - CMP 221: Composition for Non-majors, CMP 240: Computer Engraving, CMP 251: Fundamentals of Orchestration, CMP 421: Adv. Computer Music
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts (1997-2003)
  • Adjunct: Intro to Music Theory
  • Departmental Assistant (honors aural skills, theory)
  • Recording Engineer (School of Music)

Publications

    Author/Co-author

  • Brown, Matthew, Dariusz Terefenko, and Christopher Winders. PelIéas Redux: Celebrating Debussy, Maeterlinck, and P. Craig Russell (Rochester, 2012)
  • Winders, Christopher. “Toward a Structural Ordering Within George Perle’s Twelve-Tone Tonality,” Theory and Practice, Vol. 33 (2008)
  • Engraver

  • Brown, Matthew. “Pelléas, Mélisande, le grotesque et l’arabesque” In Regards sur Debussy, ed. Myriam Chimènes and Alexandra Laederich. Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard, 2013.
  • ___. Debussy Redux: The Impact of His Music on Popular Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012.
  • Upcoming counterpoint text
  • Rolf, Marie. “La premiére ébauche de Colloque sentimental.” In Regards sur Debussy, ed. Myriam Chimènes and Alexandra Laederich. Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard, 2013.
  • ___. “Debussy’s Rites of Spring.” In Rethinking Debussy, ed. Elliott Antokoletz and Marianne Wheeldon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Honors/Awards

  • Paul Revere Award , Music Publishers Association of America
  • 1st Prize (2012) Choral Music Notesetting: William Bolcom - A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day
  • 2nd Prize (2011) Piano-Vocal Music Notesetting: William Bolcom - Lucrezia
  • Samuel Adler Scholarship (2005), Eastman School of Music
  • McCurdy Prize (2004), Eastman School of Music
  • Penka Kouneva Composition Prize (1996), Raleigh Conservatory of Music

Technology Toolkit

  • Audio: Avid ProTools, Adobe Audition, Logic, csound, PD, Audacity, OSC/MIDI
  • Programming and web: Java, C++, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Graphic design: Sibelius, Finale, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Moving images and 3D: Adobe Premier, Processing, Blender, Unity3D

Online references


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