About David Christopher
David Christopher has an active career as conductor, voice teacher, organist and church musician.
As a conductor, David has built a varied and highly successful history as an interpreter of choral, orchestral and stage works. He currently serves as associate conductor for OperaDelaware where he made his opera conducting debut to critical acclaim in The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan) and where he has conducted Die Fledermaus (Strauss). Other operatic credits include Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), The Merry Widow (Lehar), La Traviata (Verdi), Savitiri (Holst), The Tender Land (Copland), Carmen (Bizet), The Nightingale (Stravinsky), as well as most of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.
Through his association as conductor for the City of Wilmington, David has served as conductor and music director for the All-American Tribute Orchestra as part of the annual 4th of July Celebration in Tubman-Garrett Park at the Riverfront in Wilmington. On several occasions he has conducted concerts featuring the sacred music of Duke Ellington (featuring jazz orchestra, soloists, chorus and dancers) as part of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington.
David is also the current artistic director of The Delaware Valley Chorale, a position he has held since 2005. Recent major oratorio and choral credits include Messiah (Handel), Grand Mass in C (Mozart), Holocaust Cantata (McCullough), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein), Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen) and Requiems by Durufle, Faure and Rutter.
Also a recognized leader in training children's voices, David founded The Wilmington Children’s Chorus in 2002 in collaboration with the Mayor of Wilmington's Office of Cultural Affairs and The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew. Now a multi-cultural ensemble with over 100 children and staffed by some of the area's finest music educators, The Wilmington Children's Chorus has become one of the premiere children's choirs in the region.
With a lifelong passion for singing and conducting, David has dedicated much of his career to the study of the singing voice. He is regarded as one of the preeminent voice teachers in the region, and is respected for a teaching style based on his own study of the principles and practices of the Bel Canto school of singing and extensive years of study and collaboration with his mentor, Cornelius L. Reid.
ORGANIST and HARPSICHORDIST
David began his career as a organ recitalist at the age of 14 and soon afterwards became a frequent performer at Longwood Gardens. A gifted accompanist, he is often called on to collaborate with singers and instrumentalists in recital as well as in chamber music programs.
As a member of the Irvin/Christopher Duo, David performs in collaboration with violinist Andrew Irvin, Concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony, specializing in the seldom performed, yet highly accessible body of music written for violin and organ.
The owner of a two-manual Flemish harpsichord built by Steven D. Jones in 1987, David frequently plays harpsichord continuo for concerts throughout the area. Last season, he made his debut playing harpsichord with the Delaware Symphony in Handel's "Water Music Suite" and played harpsichord for OperaDelaware's recent performances of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
David has enjoyed a long career as a church musician, and has served as the Organist and Director of Music for The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM) since April, 2001. A dynamic multi-cultural parish in downtown Wilmington with a liturgical program based in the Anglican tradition, David's unique style of programming, improvisation and service playing has served as the "glue" which holds together a progressive yet traditional liturgy incorporating a wide range of musical styles.
David has held a number of distinctive church music positions including St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley (Paoli, PA), The First Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware, and Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in southern Delaware, Mr. Christopher graduated from West Chester University and was an organ student of the late Dr. Robert Elmore. He studied voice with Denes Striny and Cornelius Reid and opera with Boris Goldovsky at the Goldovsky Opera Institute.