Christian Clark, tenor, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Sam Houston State University in Texas. As a graduate teaching assistant, Christian served as associate musical director and conductor of the Sam Houston Opera, and as assistant conductor of the SHSU Concert Choir and Chorale. During his tenure at Sam Houston, he particularly enjoyed conducting operas such as La Bohéme, La Traviata, and The Tales of Hoffmann. Christian’s primary teacher and mentor is Allen Hightower, now of the University of North Texas, who afforded him the opportunity to study with such renowned choral conductors as Paul Salamunovich of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Joseph Flummerfelt of Westminster Choir College.
Before moving to Bend in 2011, Christian enjoyed a successful career in Houston, TX, as director of award winning junior high and high school choirs. During this time, he also performed as a soloist with the Cypress Creek Community Choir, Sam Houston State University Chorale and Symphonic Choir, Montgomery County Choral Society, and Houston Masterworks Chorus in works including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mass in Time of War, Bach’s Cantata No. 140, Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ and Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, Christian performed internationally as a soloist singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, among other works. Favorite operatic roles include Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Christian also served for five years as music director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston, and as assistant director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, where he was privileged to prepare choirs for and perform with the Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony. Christian currently leads the Central Oregon Mastersingers, and is the Choir Director at Nativity Lutheran Church in Bend.
Christian and his wife Audrey live in Bend with their three children, and energetic pup!