Biography

Christopher J. Hoh grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, which has had a lively musical scene from colonial days to the present.   Major influences were learning great contemporary works under Kerry Krebill and Donald Hinkle as a young singer and accompanist.   Workshops include Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, Robert Page, Timothy Seelig, Alice Parker and Craig Jessop.   Most of his music is choral, in a modern classical vein.

    Recent commissions include:
  • The Stuttgart German-American Chorus for December 2014 (“O Antiphons,” SATB & organ) and June 2013 (“Memories of Lincoln,” SATB & piano)
  • Meistersingers of Orange County (CA) for December 2013 (“Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem,” SSATBB)
  • Shepherd University Men’s Choir for October 2013 (“Dona Nobis Pacem”)
  • Carnuntum Archaeological Park (Austria) for the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Nicomedia in 2011 ("Ecumenical Meditation," SATB, flute, clarinet, cello & piano)
  • Pine Street Palm Sunday (Boulder, CO) in 2011 ("Hosanna, Son of David," SATB & handbells)
  • King's Chapel, Boston for a January 2010 concert ("Aromimcha Adonai, Ki Dilitani," Psalm 30, solo tenor & SATB a cappella)

The Helena (MT) Choral Week, Kerry Krebill, artistic director, selected Hoh as Composer-in-Residence for 2008, premiering a double choir work, “Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lord God of Hosts” and giving a concert of his music.   She has performed his music in several countries.  

Recent years saw premieres of the song cycle “I Breathed A Song” at Vienna’s Musikverein with mezzo-soprano Solmazz Adeli and saxophonist Paul Chuey and of the SSATBB "Evening Music: Five Sarton Poems" in Maryland and overseas. Selections from his "Three Latin Prayers" have been heard many places, ranging from the Alexandria, VA New Year's celebration to a church in Vienna, Austria, Simon Carrington’s conducting workshop in Umbria, Italy and Ephesus, Turkey’s ancient amphitheater. St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church on Washington's Capitol Hill commissioned for Pentecost 2009 "From Heaven There Came A Sound," another multilingual work, for children's and adult choirs, piano & percussion. ERM Media recorded his "Snow-Flakes" (Longfellow) for SATB & celesta for its “Made in the Americas” CDs. Art of Sound Music is preparing his woodwind quintet “Austrian-American Tales” for publication.

Chris’s formal education and career have been in international affairs. He graduated from Georgetown University and joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1984. His overseas postings include Austria, Bosnia, Germany, Egypt and Peru, in addition to assignments at the United Nations Mission in New York and State Department in Washington, where he is currently a senior adviser.

He is a member of ASCAP, the American Music Center, Chorus America and the American Composers Forum. Most of Christopher J. Hoh’s work is available from his website, www.HohMadeMusic.com. He maintains active pages on YouTube and Facebook.