Christopher Thomas Emery is a New York based composer, tenor and educator that draws inspiration from interdisciplinary collaboration. Emery's music has been praised for its, "strong and evident compositional technique" as well as, "incredible lyricism and emotional conception", and has been performed by several reputable ensembles including the Choral Chameleon (dir. Vince Peterson), The Curiosity Cabinet Chamber Orchestra (dir. Whitney George), Random Access Music String Quartet, and Mezzo-Soprano Kate Maroney. Emery is particularly known for his vocal compositions, which have been praised by performers as "intelligently written and attentive to vocal nuance" and, "music that sings itself".
Writing in a typically tonal but highly chromatic idiom, Emery balances the time honored "craft" of traditional composition with novel and avant-garde techniques. Additionally, his music places a heavy thematic focus on the individual vs. society (the individual as other); as such, Emery is consistently drawn to themes including insanity, the surreal, and the absurd in an effort to subvert assimilationist societal constructs.
Emery holds a Master of Arts in Music Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY Queens College), and a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University. Teachers include Bruce Saylor (c.), Chandler Carter (c.), Rose-Marie Crouse (v.) and Tammy Hensrud (v.)
Emery is currently a candidate for New York State Teacher Certification, studying K-12 Music Education at CUNY Queens College., where he has received the Music Education Award for Academic and Professional Excellence.
Advanced Certificate leading to Initial Certification (PreK-12 Music, New York State): CUNY Queens College
Master of Arts, Music Composition: Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY Queens College
Bachelor of Science, Music Composition (additional studies in Vocal Performance): Hofstra University.