Christopher J. Hoh grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and cites learning great new music under the batons of Kerry Krebill and Donald Hinkle as major influences. Chris has participated in workshops with Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, Robert Page, Alice Parker and Mack Wilberg. Since the first public performances of his work in 1985, his compositions have been well received in several countries and U.S. states. He mainly writes choral and chamber music.
The Stuttgart German-American chorus commissioned him for 2014 and 2013, including a setting of the O Antiphons for choir and organ. California's Meistersingers requested new work from him in 2013 and 2014, including Shakespeare's "My Mistress' Eyes" for SATB a cappella. Recent years have seen premieres of his work in Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia, as well as Austria, Canada and Spain. Simon Carrington's conducting master class in Sarteano, Italy, chose his six-part "Angele Dei" for its 2013 session, which several college choirs have taken up. Chris's "Ecumencial Meditation" for SATB, flute, clarinet, cello & piano with texts from many languages and faiths premiered in 2011 in Austria's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Carnuntum Archaeological Park before being reprised in Serbia and elsewhere. Project:Encore endorsed his setting of "Come Away to the Skies" in 2015, leading to additional commissions for American folks hymn arrangements.
Mezzo-soprano Solmaaz Adeli and saxophonist Paul Chuey premiered his song cycle "I Breathed A Song" at the Musikverein in Vienna in 2011. The Helena (MT) Choral Week selected him as Composer-in-Residence for 2008, which included the premiere of a double choir work, "Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lord God of Hosts." King's Chapel Boston commissioned his Psalm 30 setting "Aromimcha Adonai" for tenor and SATB for a 2010 concert. The choirs of St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church on Washington's Capitol Hill (where he sings regularly) have often premiered his work and the ensemble Musikanten often performs his music on tour. Other commissions include an anthem for Pine Street Palm Sunday, an interfaith service in Boulder, CO, and D.C. singing groups. His music has been published by Augsburg Fortress Press and Art of Sound Music.
Navonna records is issuing two CD's with the Stanberry Singers performing Chris Hoh's music in 2016, the holiday collection "Dashing" and a poetry-centric collection "Cadence." ERM Media selected his treatment of the Longfellow poem "Snow-Flakes" for its inaugural Made in the Americas CD in 2008. The Undiscovered Choral Gems CD from Phoenix Classical includes "Ecumenical Meditation." Scores, audio and information about Chris Hoh's compositions may be found on his website, www.HohMadeMusic.com. Chris graduated from Georgetown University in 1982 and joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1984. He served in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Germany and Peru and also at the United Nations in New York and the State Department in Washington, D.C., where he is now a Senior Adviser.