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About Christopher Kayler

Christopher Kayler

Dr. Christoper Kayler is an assistant professor of music at Briercrest College, where he teaches private piano lessons, coaches vocal performance students, and performs regularly with vocal and instrumental faculty and performance majors. He teaches a wide variety of music courses, including lyric diction, keyboard improvisation, music history, counterpoint, and orchestration.

As conductor of the Briercrest Orchestra, he has led performances of Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah with chorus and soloists. Chris has also music directed numerous opera scenes at Briercrest, and has adjudicated in music festivals across the Canadian Prairies.

He completed his DMA in accompanying and chamber music at the esteemed 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 the internationally renowned pianist-scholar Graham Johnson. He has also performed as a featured soloist with the University of Manitoba Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

While at Eastman, Chris received an Excellence in Accompanying Award, the Jean Barr Award, and the Brooks Smith Fellowship, and held graduate assistantships in opera coaching, studio accompanying, and as a teacher’s assistant. He has played in masterclasses with such artists as Renée Fleming, Elly Ameling, Roger Vignoles, Barbara Bonney, Dawn Upshaw, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Andras Blau (principal flute, Berlin Philharmonic), and Mira Zakai.

He has participated in numerous prestigious summer music programs, including SongFest (Los Angeles), the Franz Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria), and the Vancouver International Song Institute. Dr. Kayler’s academic awards include Eastman’s Jerald C. Graue Fellowship for excellence in musicology, and the University of Manitoba’s Gold Medal for the highest graduating average in music.

Chris lives in Moose Jaw with his wife, Heather, and together they enjoy cooking and chasing after their son Benjamin, who recently learned how to crawl.

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