Location: North Carolina, USA
North Carolina native Christopher Gilliam received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and Master of Music degree from the University of Kansas in 2003. At KU, he studied with conducting professors Simon Carrington, (Professor Emeritus, Yale University) and Brian Priestman, and with voice professor John Stephens.
Gilliam currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, where he directs a graded choral program, serves as director for both the Choral Arts Society and the Holiday Gala, and teaches private voice. Prior to Davidson he taught at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice. Additionally, Gilliam is the artistic director and conductor for Lake Norman Choral Artists, a semi-professional choral ensemble based in the Davidson area, he is the newly appointed director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, and he is Director of Music for Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.
Gilliam has travelled extensively nationally and internationally, serving as guest conductor, clinician, and/or singer in several states and abroad. He is a published composer of choral music in the catalogs of three publishers, and of his solo performances critics have written, “magnificent,” “a well modulated voice with a pleasant timbre,” “...commanding baritone,” and “...marvelous, with strikingly rich tone and impeccable diction.”