Christopher Thomas Emery​​
Composer | Tenor |Director

    Trichotomy (philosophy): ideaology in which the natural world can be defined into three composite states of being; a three-fold division/classification of that which exists.

    Christopher Thomas Emery is a New-York based emerging artist whose music is best characterized by the trichotometric opposition and interaction of il chiaro (the light), il scuro (the dark) and il ferino (the feral). Emery draws inspiration from a diverse vocabulary of source material that ranges from folk-lore to pop culture; from scientific theory to urban myth; from "masterwork" novels, to outsider art. 

    Compositionally, Emery’s work maintains a distinct attraction to themes of surrealism, insanity, and metaphysical relativism-- it is this attraction that directly contributes to the emotional saturation through which his work is conceived. Writing in a hyper-chromatic yet typically tonal idiom, Emery’s harmonic language has been compared most frequently to the work of Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Leonard Bernstein.

    Although Emery’s compositional lexicon extends many vehicles, he is most celebrated for his vocal compositions. Emery’s art song selections, including his Five Sleep Cycles have been selected for several awards, including the Peggy Deutsch Award for Music Composition, and the Dorothy Hoag Endowed Scholarship for Music Excellence. Emery’s music has been performed by acclaimed ensembles and performers including The Curiosity Cabinet (dir. Whitney George), Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra (dir. Tom Cunningham), and mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney. An avid proponent of bringing new music to young audiences, Emery is currently composing his first opera, The Velveteen Rabbit, based on the children’s story by Margery Williams.

    In addition to his composing, Emery is in demand as a free-lance music and stage director for opera, musical theatre, and “straight” plays. Since 2016, Emery has served on the staff of the Queens Summer Vocal Institute, a program designed to train high school and university age young artists in all areas of vocal performance. Additionally, Emery has served as Assistant Stage Director for several opera productions, including Queens College Opera’s productions of Die Fledermaus (2017) and Cosí fan tutte (2016). Most recently, Emery has served as music director for Jeffrey Schmelkin’s new musical Untitled Time, produced by the Midtown International Theatre Festival in August 2017.

    Emery holds a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University, where he satisfied the requirements for both the Music Composition and Vocal Performance degrees. Additionally, Emery holds a Master of Arts from the Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY Queens College, where he studied with Bruce Saylor. In addition to composing and performing, Emery maintains a small private studio of voice and composition students.