Christopher Nowlan has studied music and voice for more than a decade, on both the high school and collegiate levels. In high school he participated in Hickory Grove Baptist Christian School’s Choir, Chamber Ensemble, and Senior Ensemble, under the direction of Verna Clark. It was here that he discovered his love for music. For years prior, Christopher had lent his voice to infrequent solo performances but had gradually shifted completely toward choral music. However, in 2007, with the encouragement of his choir director he returned to solo performances. That year, with Samuel Liddle’s “How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings,” Christopher earned perfect solo scores at both the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Festival and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Festival. Then in 2008 he again earned a perfect solo score at the NCMEA Festival with “But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming,” from Handel’s Messiah.
Following high school, Christopher spent five years under Dr. Nathan Leaf in North Carolina State University’s premier choral ensemble, the State Chorale. In his time with the Chorale, he performed such masterpieces as Haydn’s Missa St.Bernard von Offida in B Flat (“Heiligmesse”), Claudio Monteverdi’s Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata, and John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill,” among many other works from the likes of Bach, Whitacre, and Bruckner. While with the group, Christopher was also chosen for a number of featured solo parts, leading the third movement of Mendelssohn’s Psalm 115 and as the Celebrant in Roderick Williams’ Advent antiphon, “O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel.”
After another solo performance with the Chorale in 2010, he was approached by award-winning composer J. Mark Scearce to fill a baritone solo part in his new work, The Masque of the Red Death, for Raleigh-based Carolina Ballet. (Christopher also accepted the invitation to reprise his role for the show’s return in 2011.) Then in 2012, Christopher was invited to join Raleigh-based North Carolina Opera’s chorus in their semi-staged production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Today, technological matters consume much of his time, but Christopher still performs at special events and local venues around North Carolina. He currently serves as Technology Director at Mill Grove United Methodist Church in Indian Trail, and also as Traditional Music Director at Mill Grove’s Sun Valley Campus.