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Christopher Sierra

Lecturer Music Music - JCA
Christopher Sierra

Location

Lily Hall Room 231

csierra@butler.edu
317-940-9541

Peruvian-American tenor Christopher Sierra is recognized for his artistic sensitivity and versatility in repertoire ranging from classical, musical theatre, to contemporary commercial music. He has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States, some of which include Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Opera New Jersey, Spoleto Festival USA, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Princeton Festival Opera, Long Island Opera, and the United Nations Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sierra has garnered much success portraying roles such as Catone in Vinci’s Catone in Utica, Jupiter in Semele, Acis in Acis & Galatea, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Beppe in I Pagliacci, and Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. He has also made solo debuts in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and India.

On the concert stage, Dr. Sierra has performed works such as Bernstein's Songfest, Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel, Britten’s Les Illuminations, Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, and Schubert’s Mass in G. Most recently, he was invited to sing the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and was a featured soloist in Peter Berring’s Song of the Salish Chief at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center.  

An avid recitalist, Dr. Sierra is a founding member of the Vocalis Consort, an ensemble dedicated to exposing audiences to song recitals that extend beyond the traditional Western European canon. In 2019, he was invited to perform a residency recital that celebrates the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic composers at Lewis-Clark State College and he presented mélodies by Henri Duparc at the 2018 College Music Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference.

As a recording artist, Dr. Sierra can be heard on The Flower of Beauty (2009) with the Westminster Choir, Landscape: Choral Music of Gerald Custer (2008) with Anam Cara, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 (2007) with the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices. He has sung under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Leon Botstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, David Robertson, John Rutter, Emmanuel Villaume, John Adams, and Franz Welser­-Möst during his tenure with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, MidAmerica Productions, and the New York City MasterVoices.

Sought after for his research in crossing genres, Dr. Sierra has been invited to present public lectures at College Conservatories and Universities throughout the United States, including The Hartt School of Music, University of Connecticut, Troy University, Belmont University, Florida International University, etc. His notable research and presentations also address vocal health, phonotrauma and rehabilitation, performance anxiety, and vocal pedagogy for gender expansive singers. Dr. Sierra has led vocal master classes internationally at institutions like the University of the Bahamas, Iceland University of the Arts, and Fundación Cultural Armonía in Quito, Ecuador. He currently teaches developing musicians at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil-Nadu, India and the Tomas de Berlanga School on the island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, as a member of Broadway for Arts Education, an organization committed to providing quality arts education to communities in need around the world. 

Prior to joining the music faculty at Butler University, where his responsibilities include teaching courses in vocal literature, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, and applied voice lessons, Dr. Sierra taught voice at The College of New Jersey, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Monmouth University, and Washington State University. He has also been invited to teach at reputable musical theatre college preparatory intensive programs, such as the New England Music Camp and the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory.

Dr. Sierra holds a doctorate of musical arts degree in voice performance from Rutgers University, a master of education degree in music education from Columbia University, a master of music degree in classical voice performance from Manhattan School of Music, and bachelor of music degrees in music education and voice performance from Westminster Choir College.