The MacPherson Prize
2019 Recipient: Dr. Christopher Aspaas
SACC is so excited to announce our MacPherson Prize winner for 2019: Dr. Christoper Aspaas!
Dr. Aspaas serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at TCU. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. At TCU, Christopher leads the Concert Chorale, TCU’s flagship mixed ensemble, as well as the Frog Corps, TCU’s premier male vocal ensemble. He also teaches coursework in basic conducting, choral conducting, choral literature, and advanced choral conducting and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer have taken Christopher all over the United States as well as Canada, Germany, South Korea, and the Sultanate of Oman.
Christopher has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s, and women’s choirs. His works are published by Augsburg Fortress, earthsongs, Hal Leonard, and Aspen Hill Music, a publishing house Christopher co-founded with his wife Nancy in 2013. One of his recent commissions, Do Not Ask Me to Remember, premiered at the 2017 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota.