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Christopher McKim

Lecturer of Music, Instructor of Voice

Contact Information

Moss Performing Arts Center 110

970.248.1251

cmckim@coloradomesa.edu

Education

DMA, University of Colorado

MM, Arizona State University

BM, Wichita State University

Biography

Christopher McKim, DMA, is a lecturer of music and instructor of voice at Colorado Mesa University, McKim teaches Introduction to Higher Education, directs opera scenes and does some music directing for the theatre department. He has previously been the head of the voice area at the University of Puget Sound, and has been a member of the vocal faculty at Metropolitan State College in Denver. While in Denver, he also performed with St. Martin's Chamber Choir. In Grand Junction he has performed with the Western Colorado Chorale, High Desert Opera, Creative Avenues Theatre Project and has music directed at Grand Junction High School.

McKim has performed and trained extensively in music theatre, enjoying more than 30 different professional productions. He enjoys working in the various styles of musical theatre, performing shows by Jerome Kern, Gershwin, Cole Porter, standards by Rogers and Hammerstein and Frank Loesser, as well as more contemporary works such as "Forever Plaid", "Secret Garden", "Cats", and Tom Alonzo's "Phantom of the Opera". Since musical theatre continues to develop stylistically, McKim considers himself a continuing student of musicals, learning, performing and teaching as new shows are written.

An experienced interpreter of opera and operetta, McKim has performed in France with the Lyrique en Mer festival at Belle-Ile, as well as with opera companies in Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and Maine. He has performed operatic stage works ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart, as well as many contemporary works. Some highlights include the Mozart roles of Papageno and Figaro, and premiers of two American operatic roles Billy Blythe (Bill Clinton) in the opera "Billy Blythe" by Bonnie Montgomery and Florentino Ralston in "Sara McKinnon" by Mark Medoff and Randall Shinn. McKim also performs extensively in the genre of operetta and holds a great fondness for the shows by Gilbert and Sullivan - particularly "The Mikado", "Patience" and "The Gondoliers".

When not on the stage, McKim is an accomplished recitalist and concert singer. His recitals cover a wide variety of literature, but he is most dedicated to presenting Romantic German Lied and the art songs of 20th century American and British composers. He often sings in concert, having performed the requiems of Faure and Brahms, and Orff's "Carmina Burana" among others.

McKim truly enjoys the creation and sharing of art that is teaching. He was honored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) when he was included in their Teaching Intern program, working under master-teacher Donald Simonson. McKim also works with students and colleagues though stage directing or music directing. He has directed numerous successful productions of full shows and scenes programs. Educational outreach is an important part of McKim's mission. He has appeared in more than 75 performances of full children's operas such as "Hansel and Gretel", "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Help, Help the Globolinks!" During his three years as a member of Central City Opera's Education and Outreach program he performed for thousands of schoolchildren throughout Colorado. He frequently presents master classes and workshops for high school and college age performers. He is available for master classes, adjudicating, pre-competition screening and workshops on coping with stage fright and stage presentation skills.