An accomplished composer, Christopher Palestrant's works and arrangements have been performed from New York City to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and throughout the United States by ensembles including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and the Albemarle Symphony Orchestra.
He is the recipient of the Third Biennial Michael Hennagin Prize, a prizewinner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers’ Competition and the Randolph S. Rothschild prize in composition. His music and writings have been selected for presentation for the College Music Society national conferences, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Intercollegiate Music Association. Chris’ compositions include the orchestral works The Wind in His Mane, Caligula and Festival Hebridean. His work also includes numerous chamber pieces, choral music and one-act operas.

His primary teachers in composition include Nicholas Maw, Morris Cotel, Tom Benjamin, Jack Gallagher and Adolphus Hailstork, and master classes with John Corigliano, George Rochberg, Samuel Adler and John Maxwell Geddes. He earned degrees from The College of Wooster, Ohio (B.A.); New York University (M.A.) and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M. and D.M.A.).

Chris is currently Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Elizabeth City State University of the University of North Carolina, where he was honored as the 2010 “Teacher of the Year” by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. He is also a member of the award winning blues band Uphill, and performs regularly throughout northeastern North Carolina and southern Virginia.

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