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Christopher Hoh

Location: Virginia, USA
Christopher HohChristopher J. Hoh was born in 1959 in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he grew up studying piano, organ, theory, harmony and several instruments. He has been active in choral music for decades as a singer and accompanist. He cites learning great contemporary music under the batons of Kerry Krebill and Donald Hinkle as major influences. Chris has participated in workshops with Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, Robert Page, Timothy Seelig and Alice Parker. Most of his music is choral, in a modern classical idiom, although he has written a few instrumental pieces and experimented with electronic timbres. Since the first public performances of his work in 1985, Chris Hoh’s compositions have been well received in Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Peru, Germany, Bosnia, Croatia, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Helena (MT) Choral Week selected him as Composer-in-Residence for 2008, which included the premiere of a double choir work, “Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lord God of Hosts.” Recent years saw premieres of "Evening Music: Five Sarton Poems" in the U.S. and Europe. The children and adult choirs of St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church on Washington's Capitol Hill (where he sings regularly) has often performed his work, including “Blest Zion, I Love Thee,” “Behold, Behold Your King” on Palm Sunday, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” "Stars of the Morning" (written for this choir), “Light of the Minds” and several other pieces. They have commissioned a new Pentecost piece for children and adult choirs for 2009. He is also working on a 2009 commission for King’s Chapel, Boston. ERM Media selected Chris Hoh’s treatment of the Longfellow poem “Snow-Flakes” for its inaugural “Made in the Americas” CD in 2008. In 2009, ERM Media is also releasing his “You Are God” for choir and chamber orchestra with the Prague Opera Chorus and Orchestra and “Sanctus and Benedictus” for choir and strings with the Millenium Orchestra and Voix Moderne, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. Augsburg Fortress Press published his setting of "Behold That Star" for baritone solo, SATB, and organ in 1994. Today, most of Hoh’s choral compositions may be reviewed and obtained via his website, Chris Hoh’s formal education and career have been in international affairs. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1982 and joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1984. He has served in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany and Peru, at the United Nations in New York and as a peacekeeper in Egypt's Sinai desert. He has been involved in U.S. policy toward Southeast Europe, helping negotiate settlements for Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo; he was Director of the State Department Balkan office from 2006-2008. He is currently Associate Dean at the Foreign Service Institute outside Washington, D.C. March 2009

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