Christopher S. Prosser (b. 1978, San Francisco, CA) is an American composer, conductor, and music educator. He has composed works for orchestra, the theater, chamber ensembles, choir, art songs, and solo pieces, and currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Composition at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. His work is primarily inspired by the written word, and is focused on vibrant storytelling through the creation of sonic landscapes that paint vivid pictures of the words from which they are derived.
Prosser’s music has been presented across the US and internationally at festivals and conferences including SXSW, North American Saxophone Alliance, National Flute Association, MTNA, the Brevard Music Center, NACUSA, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Tetractys New Music, ELECTRIC LaTex, the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, Portland State University’s Theater Arts program, OCGM, and the UTSA New Music Festival. His works have been performed by a wide variety of artists and ensembles including The Beijing Contemporary Soloists, Transient Canvas, F-PLUS, Kraken Quartet, The Louisiana Sinfonietta, DuoSolo, The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, saxophonist Jeffrey Loeffert, pianist Robert McDonald, and the UTSA Concert Choir.
As a conductor and passionate advocate for new music, Prosser has conducted over 60 world premiere performances of works by young and emerging composers. He has held posts with the Sospiro New Music Vocal Ensemble, The Riverside Chamber Symphony, and most recently served as the Director of the UTSA New Music Lab. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tetractys New Music, a new music concert series based in Austin, Texas that is dedicated to performing the works of living composers and commissioning new works by composers from the Austin area.
Prior to his current appointment at The China Conservatory of Music, Prosser held teaching positions at The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music as a Kent Kennan Graduate Teaching Fellow in Music Composition and was the recipient of the Robert Jeffry Womack Endowed Presidential Scholarship. From 2017 – 2020 he served as a Lecturer in the Music Theory and Composition Department at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Prosser holds degrees in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), the University of Oregon (M. Music), and Louisiana State University (B. Music). His mentors include composers Robert Kyr, David Crumb, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston, Dinos Constantinides, Robert Livingston Aldridge, and Liduino Pitombeira. In addition, he has studied conducting with Hirvo Surva, Robert Carnochan, and Robert Ponto.