Sundance Film: NOVITIATE
Christopher Stark is a composer of contemporary classical music deeply rooted in the American West. Having spent his formative years in rural western Montana, his music is always seeking to capture the expansive energy of this quintessential American landscape. Stark, whose music the New York Times has called "fetching and colorful," has been awarded prizes and commissions from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Chamber Music America, the Orléans International Piano Competition, and ASCAP. In 2012, he was a resident composer at Civitella Ranieri, a fifteenth-century castle in Umbria, Italy, and in June of 2016 he was awarded a residency at Copland House. Recent highlights include performances at the 2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. Stark currently resides in St. Louis where he is Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Washington University.