Director of New Music Ensemble; Christopher Dietz holds a Ph.D. in composition and theory from the University of Michigan as well as degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Wisconsin. He was previously a faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory and Hillsdale College.
In recent years, Christopher's compositions have been premiered in London, Auvillar (France), Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Houston, Phoenix and Ann Arbor, among others. In New York during this period, his music has been presented at Miller Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, Tenri Cultural Institute, The Secret Theatre, The DiMenna Center and The Manhattan School of Music.
Christopher's works have been performed by numerous contemporary ensembles including Alarm Will Sound, The Orchestra of the League of Composers, The East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, The Chicago Ensemble, Trio Kavak, Palomar, TACTUS Ensemble, Dark in the Song, The Color Field Ensemble, as well as traditional ensembles such as L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, The Beau Soir Trio, The Toledo Symphony, The Orange County Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphonic Band and additional university ensembles across the United States. Upcoming collaborators include The San Jose Chamber Orchestra, DeCoda, The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and Duo Scorpio.
His music has been programmed at new music festivals such as soundSCAPE (Italy), The Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music (France), The Queens New Music Festival, Florida State's Biennial Festival, Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, Tutti Festival of New Music, MusicX Festival (U. of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) and multiple times at The New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University.
Residencies at Copland House, Canada’s Banff Centre and The Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France) have been important milestones in the development of Christopher's compositional voice. Recognition of his work has come from honors and awards including ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, The Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute, The Riverside Symphony Composer Reading Project (NYC), The Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Random Access Music, The Utah Arts Festival’s Orchestral Commission Prize as well as several academic awards, grants and scholarships. Christopher's music has been released on Navona, Cambria and New Focus Record. Visit his website for audio samples and current news: www.christopher-dietz.com