Christian Carey is an Assistant Professor II in the Department of Music Composition, History, and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he has been a faculty member since 2004. He received degrees from the Juilliard School (B.Mus. in Voice), Boston University (M.M. in Composition), and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in Music); his teachers included Charles Wuorinen and Lukas Foss. He is active as a composer, performer, and music theorist.
His compositions have been performed by ACME, the Locrian Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, loadbang, Halcyon Trio, Dal Suon Sommerso, IONISATION, the Helix New Music Ensemble; mezzo soprano Megan Ihnen, singing cellist Jody Redhage, violist Wendy Richman, flutist John McMurtery, pianist Ashlee Mack, flutist Amelia Archer, pianist Hubert Ho, pianist Carl Patrick Bolleia, organist Joseph Arndt, and organist Carson Cooman, at a wide range of venues: Lincoln Center, the June in Buffalo Festival, the Music Academy of the West, Aula Magna della Facoltà Valdese di Teologia (Rome, Italy), Sardinia, the Aspen Music Festival, Federal Hill Parlor Series (Baltimore, Maryland), Bushwick Starr Theatre (Bushwick, Brooklyn), First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn (Songstresses from the Edge), Two River Theater Company (Redbank, NJ), the Montclair Art Museum (NJ), Meredith College (NC), Denver University, West Valley College (CA), Western Illinois University, Greenwich Music House (New York), Joe’s Pub, the Red Poppy Art House (San Francisco), Trinity Chapel (Berkeley, California), Jan Hus Church (New York, Modus Novus Concert Series), Cornelia Street Café (New York, Serial Underground), the Progressions Series (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), Music X (University of Cincinnati), Riverside Church (New York), Appleton Chapel (Harvard University), North Prospect Church (Cambridge, MA), Princeton Chapel (Princeton University), St. Stephen’s Church (Milburn, NJ), and Grace Church (Newark, NJ). The latter venue commissioned Ascendit Deus, a motet that was premiered as part of their 175th anniversary celebrations. Mourning Madrid, a work for orchestra and live locomotive, was commissioned by the Music Festival of the Hamptons and performed in July, 2004 by the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and the Long Island Railroad in Bridgehampton, New York. Carey’s music is published by File Under Music and Calabrese Brothers Music (ASCAP).
John McMurtery and Ashlee Mack recorded his flute/piano duo, For Milton, composed in memory of Milton Babbitt, for a CD released in 2012 by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space (listen via DRAM here). His research focuses on American music and contemporary concert music; he also writes about jazz and popular music. Publications include Perspectives of New Music, Open Space Magazine, Intégral, Tempo, Musical America, Signal to Noise, Muso, Musicworks, NewMusicBox, All About Jazz, and Pop Matters. He is Managing Editor at Sequenza 21, where his weblog is updated daily. He is also Editor at Chamber Musician Today.