Siemens grant for Zwerm project

The Ernst von Siemens Foundation comes through with a grant to sponsor a commission for electric guitar quartet Zwerm. The new work will be part of an concert-length spectacle, “Our Ears Felt Like Canyons,” with autumn 2017 performances at Ruhrtriennale, Transit Festival (Leuven), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and elsewhere…


Christopher is the winner of the 2016 Luciano Berio Rome Prize, and will begin a year-long residency at the American Academy in Rome in September.

Hamburg America Line

Excited to receive a grant from New Music USA for a new piece for voice, flute, and accordion with Collect/Project; premieres in April 2016, in Hamburg, Essen, and Berlin.

Meandering Geometry

A studio visit / interview at Schloss Solitude, now online at Schloss-Post.

Copland House

Thrilled to have been awarded a residency at Copland House for the month of March 2016.

CMA Commissioning Grant

Christopher has been selected for a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant to compose a piece for six voices plus electronics for Ekmeles, tentatively slated for September 2016.

Prizes are for Horses

Received a 2015 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Adventures in Solitude

Starting a seven-month fellowship at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, May – November 2015.

British Composers Award Nomination

Nominated for a BASCA British Composers Award for Visions and Revisions in the International Award category, alongside Saariaho and Carter.