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.
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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