|Christopher McCafferty is one of Seattle's most well-known Voice Teachers, and soloists. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied voice with Metropolitan Opera mezzo, Marcia Baldwin and conducting with Herford Prize winner Dr. Richard Sparks. His students perform in groups and on stages all over the area, including Seattle Pro Musica, the Seattle Opera Chorus, Seattle Symphony Chorale, and many others.
As a soloist and professional chorister, Chris has performed in some of the world's most amazing venues, including: Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, Saint Nicolas Cathedral in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Stephansdom in Vienna, Austria, and Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City.
He has appeared before the World Harp Congress, the Albiate Music Festival, the American Choral Directors Association Regional and National Conventions, American Guild of Organist local and National Conventions, on Season 6 of NBC's, America's Got Talent, and at the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition.
Solo credits include the world premier of the tenor solo in Alice Parker's 'An American Kedusha', and the European premiere of Richard Nance's 'Mass for a New Millennium' alongside international diva Angela Meade. As a conductor, Chris has premiered works by Edwin Wendler, (Little Fockers, Xmen Days of Future Past, Unknown, Non-Stop), Andrew Hawryluk, and his own arrangements among others.
As a Vocal Coach, Chris has worked with many Seattle area choirs, including the Seattle Men's Chorus - the world's largest male chorus, the Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Choral Company, and with many local school and church choirs.
As a voice teacher, Chris has had the opportunity to work with voices of all ages: from 13 to 90+! His students perform in in ensembles and on stages all over the city, and include professional Broadway style singers, jazz singers, voice teachers, choir singers, and members of Seattle Opera Chorus.
His work with high school students has produced 20 regional champions, 1 State champion, and multiple placements at State.
In 2009 Chris founded Illumni Men's Chorale. The group has garnered national attention. Illumni has been invited to perform at the Icicle Creek Music Center, the VanMan Choral Summit, the Northwest American Choral Director's Association Convention, appeared on America's Got Talent, CNN/Headline News, and given joint concerts with Harvard Glee Club and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Illumni has recorded soundtracks for the award winning web series "JourneyQuest" and the award winning film, "The Gamers: Hands of Fate", and they've premiered over 35 new works in 5 years, including songs by John Muehleisen, Edwin Wendler, and Bernard Hughes.
If you have any questions for Chris, or would like to hire him as a coach or soloist, please contact him using the contact link above.
He also attended Edmonds Community College, where he studied voice with Rick Asher, Jazz with Kirk Marcy, Music Theory with Al Galante, and Digital Music with Keith Evans.