Administrative Assistant for Jazz Studies
Department(s)College of Music Office Staff, Jazz Studies
Christopher Walker is a composer, performer, sound engineer and music organizer active in spaces for non-for-profit performing arts organizations, education, festivals, clubs, and other venues. In his capacity as the Administrative Assistant for the Division of Jazz Studies, Christopher enjoys facilitating academic functions, supporting ensembles, and progressing the conversation of contemporary music in the 21st century in all of its forms. Prior to his current position, Christopher held the same title for the two Divisions of Composition Studies and Music Education.
From 2007 to the present Christopher has been active in volunteer and leadership roles across a variety of non-for-profit and for-profit organizations related to the arts, advocacy, and civics. He has held board or staff positions with the Texarkana Regional Chorale, 35 Denton Music Festival, The Dentoneer, BikeDenton, Denton Bach Society, and the Denton Music and Arts Collaborative (DMAC).
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of North Texas, participating in its Student Government Association, Composers Forum, and the President's Sustainability Council. During his time as a music composition student at UNT, he studied with Joseph Klein, Andrew May, Joelle Wallach, and Christopher Trebue Moore, with additional lessons in orchestration from Julia Wolfe and Cindy McTee. He was distinguished and recognized as the Best Undergraduate Composition Student in his final year of study. You can find recordings of his music at https://soundcloud.com/christopher_walker. Other musical pursuits include performing and writing for the Grammys-balloted Pansy Moon, Pilotdrift, An Absence of Color, and his own projects.
Christopher happily calls Denton, TX home along with his wife, Kimberly. He is a proud member of the American Composers Forum and the Society of Composers, Inc., as well as a co-founding member of the Errant New Music Collective.