Christopher McCafferty, Vocal Coach



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.

Christopher McCafferty
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Congratulations to:
1st Place Soprano - Larissa Gaulke
2nd Place Alto - Cas Depoister
1st Place Small Men's Ensemble
2nd Place Mixed Ensemble
1st Place Small Women's Ensemble

At the WMEA Mountain Region Contest.

Congratulations to Sam Rios, Larissa Gaulke, Jon Depoister and Cas Depoister for taking the leads in their school musical!

Congratulations to Larrisa Gaulke for making the 2019 All Northwest choir!!!

Congratulations to Tobe Madakor, Sam Rios, Jon DePoister, and Jonathan McDonald for making the 2019 ALL STATE choir!

Congratulations to Theo Perlin, Levi Sprung, and Patrick Gamble on making it into The Onions and Jazz Choir 2 at Seattle Academy!!!


Congratulations to Nikolaus Pate, Kehanu Tuiasosopo, Joseph Moore, and Carson  Ewing on their acceptance to Central Washington University!!!  


Congratulations to Leland Johnson on being there newest member of Opus 7!!!

http//opus7.org

Come hear Mezzo Soprano Esther Poindexter at the Kirkland Choral Society's upcoming concert about love!

http://www.kirklandchoralsociety.org/buy-tickets.html

Congratulations to all 30+ students taking part in 3 recitals tonight at Spanaway Lake High School! You did a wonderful job!

A very special thanks, to accompanists Mike Hoye, Dina Franz, Brett Gaulke, and Coni Liljengren, and to Sara Forte's, Melanie Stevens, and Barney Crouse for their great feedback!

Congratulations to the Ballard High School Men's Ensemble on taking first place in their regional contest!  I can't wait to work with you again!

Congratulations to former student Gabe Zuniga on placing as 1st Alternate in his Regional High School Contest!

Congratulations to Pelesasa Tiapula, Kehanu Tuiasosopop, Sean Levesque, and Tracey Poore for making the 2017-2018 All State Choir!

The boys will enjoy a great weekend of music making with some of the best young musicians in the state. Congratulations on all your hard work!

Congratulations to all the Singers who took part in the Seattle Sings Festival!

Chris' students performed in Sine Nomine, Redmond Chorale, Seattle Bach Choir, Kirkland Choral Society, the Seattle Choral Company and many other groups.  35 choirs in 3 days. Congrats to all who took part!


Congratulations to Michelle Ward and Amy Eland!

Congratualtions to Michele Ward and Amy Eland on successful auditions the new Redmond Chorale Small Ensemble!  We look forward to hearing this exciting new group!

Chris returns for his 8th year at Spanaway Lake High School!

Chris is excited to return to Spanaway Lake High School for his 8th year!  In those 8 years, we've had 2 State Champions, multiple 2nd and 3rd placings at State, and over 30 regional placings.  Go Spartans!!


Chris joins the teachers at The Music Haven in Redmond.

Chris is excited to announce he's joined the teachers at The Music Haven in Redmond.  Lessons are available on Sundays, and the space is accessible.  Look for more information here, and to sign up for lessons! 

http://christophermccafferty.mymusicstaff.com/New-Student-Sign-Up


Gabriel Zuniga lands the lead in Beauty and the Beast!

Congratualtions to student Gabe Zuniga for landing the lead in Kid Stage's production of Beauty and the Beast! Check out the link below for more.  We're sure you'll make them ROAR!!! ;)

http://www.villagetheatre.org/everett/kidstage-beauty-and-the-beast.php


First in State!!!!!

Congratulations to the Spanaway Lake High School Men's Ensemble (made up of 15 of Chris' students!) for winning 1st Place at this year's WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest!


Congratulations to Elijah Umipeg for taking Third Place in the tenor category at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest!


Congratulations Gabe Zuniga for landing the lead in the Village Theater's production of The Lion King Jr!


Congratulations to Jordan Lyons and Tyler Matthews on acceptance into the Music Program at Central Washington University!


Chris' students win big at the 2017 Regional Vocal Contest!

1st Place Soprano

1st Place Bass

2nd Place Tenor

2nd Place Baritone

2nd Place Bass

1st Place Small Men's Ensemble*

1st Place Large Men's Ensemble**

3rd Place Small Men's Ensemble*

3rd Place Small Mixed Ensemble**

1st Place Large Mixed Ensemble**

*Made up entirely of Chris' students.
**Made up predominantly of Chris' students.


Chris' students sing in: 

The Compline Choir - St Mark's

Seattle Opera Chorus

The Esoterics

Opus 7

Seattle Men's Chorus

Seattle Women's Chorus

Seattle Choral Company

Seattle Pro Musica

Choral Union - PLU

Sine Nomine - Early Music Guild

Seattle SeaChordsmen

Seattle Peace Choir

Illumni Men's Chorale

The Seattle Bach Choir

Seattle 1st Baptist Sanctuary Choir

The Firelight Chorale

Village Theater

Second Story Repertory Theater

Magnolia Chorale

Redmond Chorale

And appear on many of the finest musical theater stages in the area!