Christopher Walker is a composer, performer, sound engineer and music organizer active in spaces for nonprofit performing arts organizations, education, festivals, clubs, and other venues. In his capacity as the Administrative Coordinator for the University of North Texas Division of Jazz Studies within the College of Music, Christopher enjoys facilitating academic functions, supporting ensembles, production roles for the North Texas Jazz label, and progressing the narrative of contemporary music of the 21st century in all of its forms. Prior to his current position, Christopher held the same title for the Divisions of Composition Studies and Music Education at UNT.
Through both his professional and scholarly output, Christopher maintains an actionable research agenda focused on deconstructing white supremacist and patriarchal frameworks within cultural institutions. Currently a co-chair of the UNT College of Music Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, he has collaborated upon advocacy and reform efforts that addresses the institution’s people, programs, policies, and practices as realized through its culture and curricula. As a bisexual member of the LGBTQ2IA+ community, Christopher places a particular emphasis on education pertaining to the unseen and multi-faceted identities that add to the richness of people’s lives.
From 2007 to the present, Christopher has been active in volunteer and leadership roles across a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations related to the arts, advocacy, and civics. He has held volunteer, board, or staff positions with the Texarkana Regional Chorale, 35 Denton Music Festival, The Dentoneer, BikeDenton, Oaktopia Music Festival, Denton Bach Society, Denton Music and Arts Collaborative (DMAC), Andy’s Bar, and City of Denton. He has been recognized by the Denton Arts & Music Awards as the best local live sound engineer in 2018 and 2019.
Christopher holds a BM in composition from the University of North Texas, and participated in its Student Government Association, Composers Forum, and 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. Christopher is currently pursuing an MPA with a nonprofit management focus at UNT; expected graduation in May 2021.
Musical pursuits have included performing, writing, or producing for Pansy Moon, Pilotdrift, An Absence of Color, as well as for friends and colleagues. His current active project is the avant-pop duo Other People’s Energy with composer/improviser Skyler Hill.
Since July of 2017, Christopher has run a weekly two-hour radio program called Tonotopicalia on KUZU LP-FM (kuzu.fm) with co-host and fellow composer Louise Fristensky. The broadcast highlights contemporary composition along with new releases of genre-blurring popular music.
Christopher happily calls Denton, Texas home along with his spouse, Dr. Kimberly Walker – a highly lauded counselor educator. He is a proud member of the American Composers Forum, Society of Composers, Inc., American Society for Public Administration, American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), as well as a co-founding member of the Errant New Music Collective.