MM University of Southern California
BM Butler University
Christopher Richard, originally from Indiana, holds degrees from Butler University and the University of Southern California. While in Chicago, Mr. Richard has performed with DuPage Opera Theatre, Bowen Park Opera, Light Opera Works and Drury Lane Oakbrook. On a broader scope, he has appeared with Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the Aspen Music Festival opera, Brevard Music Center, the Mexico National Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony Orchestra. Although Mr. Richard has many credits in opera, he is equally at home in the music theatre, cabaret and recital genres.
In addition to performing, Mr. Richard teaches voice lessons privately and at Oak Park & River Forest High School. He is Assistant Music Director at Irving Park Lutheran church and director of their Contemporary Ensemble. In the fall of 2002, he was Music Director for the Youth Opera Program at Sarasota Opera. Serving as Music Director for the Light Opera Works Summer Music Theatre Workshop since 2007, Mr. Richard works on five seperate productions specifically tailored for young performers each summer. In the same vein, Mr. Richard has been the Program Director of Music Theatre at Merit School of Music, Director of the DePaul Community Musical Theatre class, and has enjoyed working as music director for the productions with OPRF and Triton College. Most recently, he has enjoyed being the Music Director for Bown Park Opera since 2007.