Location: Virginia, USA
Christopher J. Hoh was born 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, Timothy Seelig and Alice Parker. Since the first public performances of his work in 1985, Chris Hoh’s compositions have been well received in several countries and U.S. states.
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 programmed commissions from him in 2013 and 2014, including Shakespeare's sonnet "My Mistress' Eyes" for SATB a cappella. Recent years have seen premieres of his work by choral ensembles in Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia, as well as Austria and Spain. Simon Carrington's conducting master class in Sarteano, Italy, chose his six-part "Angele Dei" for its 2013 session. His "Ecumencial Meditation" for SATB, flute, clarinet, cello & piano incorporating texts from many languages and faiths premiered in 2011 in Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Carnuntum Archaeological Park (who commissioned it) before being reprised in Serbia, Italy and elsewhere. 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 children and adult choirs of St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church on Washington's Capitol Hill (where he sings regularly) have often performed his work, including “Blest Zion, I Love Thee,” “Behold, Behold Your King” on Palm Sunday, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” "Stars of the Morning" (written for this choir), “Light of the Minds” and others. They premiered "O Sacrum Convivium" for SATB in 2014.
ERM Media selected Chris Hoh’s treatment of the Longfellow poem “Snow-Flakes” for its inaugural “Made in the Americas” CD in 2008. ERM Media also recorded his “You Are God” for choir and chamber orchestra with the Prague Opera Chorus and Orchestra and “Sanctus and Benedictus” for choir and strings with the Millenium Orchestra and Voix Moderne, conducted by Robert Ian Winstin. The forthcoming CD Undiscovered Choral Gems from Phoenix Classical includes "Ecumenical Meditation." Most of Hoh’s choral compositions may be reviewed and obtained via his website, www.HohMadeMusic.com. Chris Hoh’s formal education and career have been in international affairs. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1982 and joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1984. He has served in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany and Peru, at the United Nations in New York and as a peacekeeper in Egypt's Sinai desert as well as at the State Department in Washington, D.C.