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About Christopher Kayler

Christopher Kayler

Christoper Kayler is a collaborative pianist currently based in Saskatchewan, Canada. He recently completed his DMA in accompanying and chamber music at the renowned Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Barr.

An accomplished performer, he was awarded 1st prize and the Ann C. Fehn Memorial Award in the 2017 Jessie Kneisel Lieder competition, which was judged by Graham Johnson, the internationally renowned pianist and scholar. He has played in masterclasses and lessons with some of the most esteemed artists of our time, including singers (Renée Fleming, Elly Ameling, Barbara Bonney, Mira Zakai, Dawn Upshaw, Wolfgang Holzmair, Rudolph Piernay, Isabel Bayrakdarian), pianists (Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Rudolph Jansen, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Irwin Gage, Jon Kimura Parker, Rena Sharon) and composers (Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, John Musto).

Dr. Kayler has been the music director of productions at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Music, and at Briercrest College.

While at Eastman, he received an Excellence in Accompanying award and held assistantships in opera coaching, studio accompanying, and as a teacher's assistant. His academic awards include Eastman's prestigious Jerald C. Graue Fellowship for excellence in musicological research. He earned his M.Mus in collaborative piano from the University of Manitoba, studying with Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert and Dr. Laura Loewen. As a student at the U of M, he received a graduate fellowship for the duration of his Masters, and won first prize in its annual concerto competition with its symphony orchestra. During his undergraduate studies in solo piano with Dr. Kehler Siebert, he was a featured performer with the U of M Wind Ensemble, and was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest graduating average in music.

He has participated in numerous prestigious summer music programs, including the Franz Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria), SongFest (Los Angeles), and the Vancouver International Song Institute. He has also been a featured performer in house concert tours of Manitoba and Saskatchewan on the Home Routes Classical series, bringing song and operatic repertoire to communities outside of major cities. Upcoming concerts include a multimedia presentation of song repertoire in a Winnipeg art gallery and a vocal-instrumental collaboration in Montreal.

Dr. Kayler is currently an assistant professor of music at Briercrest College, where he teaches lyric diction, coaches vocal performance majors, and performs with fellow faculty members. He enjoys cooking and reading with his wife, Heather, in the charming hamlet of Caron.

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