|Country||United States of America|
|Categories||Classical, Other, Sacred, Vocal|
Christopher J. Hoh was born in 1959 in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he grew up studying piano, organ, theory, harmony and several instruments. As a young singer and accompanist, he cites learning great contemporary works under the batons of Kerry Krebill and Donald Hinkle as major influences. His workshop experience includes Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, Robert Page, Timothy Seelig, Alice Parker and Craig Jessop, among others. Most of his music is choral, in a modern classical vein, although he has written some instrumental pieces and experimented with electronic timbres.
Since the first public performances in 1985, his compositions have been well received in the United States and overseas. 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” as well as a concert devoted to his music. Commissions include Carnuntum Archaeological Park (Austria) for the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Nikomedia in April 2011 ("Ecumenical Meditation" for SATB, flute, clarinet, cello & piano); Pine Street Palm Sunday (Boulder, CO) in April 2011 ("Hosanna, Son of David" for SATB & eight handbells); and King's Chapel, Boston for a January 2010 concert ("Aromimcha Adonia, Ki Dilitani," Psalm 30, for solo tenor and unaccompanied SATB choir. Recent years saw premieres of "Evening Music: Five Sarton Poems" in Maryland, Montana and Virginia, as well as Spain, Slovenia and Italy. . His "Dona Nobis Pacem" from "Three Latin Prayers" has been performed many places including on New Year's Eve in Alexandria, Va, and at the ancient amphitheater ruins in Ephesus, Turkey. St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church on Washington's Capitol Hill commissioned for Pentecost 2009 "From Heaven There Came A Sound" for children's and adult choirs, piano and percussion. These choirs have also performed several other Hoh pieces, including "There's A Wideness in God's Mercy," “Blest Zion, I Love Thee" (All Saints Day) the premiere of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” and a reprise of "Stars of the Morning" (written for them). ERM Media has recorded three CD's with his music, including "Snow-Flakes" (Longfellow) for mixed chorus and celesta (2009), "You Are God" (Te Deum) for SATB Choir and chamber orchestra (2011), and "Sanctus & Benedictus" for SATB Choir and strings (2011). Hoh's setting of "Behold That Star," arranged for baritone solo, SATB, and organ was published by Augsburg Fortress Press.
Chris'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 in various positions at the State Department in Washington. Much of his career has been devoted to Southeast European diplomacy as well as UN affairs, post-conflict response and personnel innovation