A b o u t   M e 

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) - Contemporary Music Performance,                                                                 University of California San Diego

  • Master of Music (MM) - Applied Music, Stony Brook University

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) - Music Education, Eastman School of Music

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) - Applied Music, Eastman School of Music

    • ​Minor - American Sign Language, University of Rochester

​© 2020 Photo by Steve Wiley Photography

Hi! My name's Chris. I'm a percussionist, conductor, educator and interdisciplinary artist here in Southern California.

I've created a unique genre of performance art for ASL-signing percussionist.

My work, collaborations and musings are chronicled in my 2019 doctoral dissertation,

"At the Intersection of American Sign Language and the Performer-Percussionist: a Hybrid Practice."

Here's an example of my work - I commissioned this piece from Larry Polansky in 2018:

For more videos, visit my YouTube page:

Aside from this repertoire, I have commissioned and/or premiered a wealth of new music for percussion, including works by Igor Santos, Baljinder Sekhon, Alex Temple and Michael Burritt.

I've performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the La Jolla Symphony, red fish blue fish, and a slew of other great ensembles. 

I've also performed at the Internacional Festival Cervantino, the Ojai Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, the LA Phil's "Noon to Midnight," and the Bang on a Can Marathon.

I am a staunch proponent of the music and writings of Dr. Thomas J. DeLio. Four of my recordings of his solo percussion works will be released by Neuma Records in 2021.

​© 2018 Photo by Lydia Winsor Brindamour

John Luther Adams's "Inuksuit" at the US/MX Border