merald City Music

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Christopher Walker

Administrator

Christopher Walker is a composer, performer, sound engineer, and music organizer active in spaces for nonprofit performing arts, higher education, festivals, clubs, and other venues. Whether it be through program management in academia, impact assessment in nonprofits, or production coordination of festival stages, Christopher’s underlying passion for inclusive community building has consistently shown through his efforts. This drive is reflected in the teams he has led as well, where he explicitly recruited or enabled colleagues of diverse identities and lived experience to create and shape scenes that reflected their artistry and culture.

Through both his professional and scholarly output, Christopher maintains an actionable research agenda focused on deconstructing white supremacist and patriarchal frameworks within cultural institutions. As a bisexual member of the LGBTQ2IA+ spectrum, Christopher emphasizes active education pertaining to the unseen and multi-faceted identities that contribute depth within people’s lives. He currently serves on the Development and DEI Committees of the Jazz Education Network and volunteers locally at the Vera Project.

From 2007 to present, Christopher has been active in service and leadership roles across various nonprofit and for-profit organizations related to the arts, advocacy, and civics. He has held volunteer, board, or staff positions with The VERA Project, Jazz Education Network, 35 Denton Music Festival, BikeDenton, Oaktopia Music Festival, Thin Line Festival, Denton Bach Society, Texarkana Regional Chorale, Denton Music and Arts Collaborative (DMAC), Andy’s Bar, and the City of Denton. The Denton Arts & Music Awards recognized him 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. He studied with Joseph Klein, Andrew May, and Joelle Wallach with additional orchestration instruction from Julia Wolfe, Cindy McTee, and Kirsten Broberg as well as improvisation with Pauline Oliveros. In 2021, Christopher earned an MPA with a nonprofit management focus summa cum laude from UNT’s College of Health and Public Service. 

Musical pursuits have included performing, writing, or producing for Pansy Moon, Pilotdrift,
An Absence of Color, as well as for friends and colleagues. Christopher holds performing and production credits on more than twenty recorded releases. His currently active project is the avant-pop duo Other People’s Energy with composer-improviser Skyler Hill.

Since 2017, Christopher has produced a weekly two-hour radio program called Tonotopicalia on KUZU LP-FM with co-host and fellow composer Louise Fristensky. The broadcast highlights contemporary composition along with new releases of genre-blurring popular music and has garnered an avid international following.

Originally hailing from Woodstock, Georgia with sixteen years as a Texan, in 2021 Christopher now calls Seattle, Washington home along with his spouse, Dr. Kimberly Walker – a highly lauded counselor educator. Christopher is a proud member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), American Composers Forum, Society of Composers, Inc., Jazz Education Network, American Society for Public Administration, American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers, as well as a co-founding member of the Errant New Music Collective.

Meet THE

merald Team

Artistic Director
Kristin Lee
Executive Director
Andrew Goldstein
Administrator
Christopher Walker
Social Media Manager
Christine Lee
Production Manager
Yumi Tamashiro
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