Director of Music & Organist
Christopher Wells is from Annapolis, Maryland, where he began his organ studies with James Dale at the United States Naval Academy. Mr. Wells received his undergraduate degree in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music on the Dean’s Talent Grant. During these years, he absorbed elements of the Anglican tradition serving as Organ Scholar at Saint Paul’s (K Street) in Washington, D.C. and taking lessons at Washington National Cathedral. Mr. Wells took his Master’s in organ from the University of Michigan as a student of Robert Glasgow. While there, Mr. Wells also served as Assistant Organist at Christ Church, Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills from 1999-2002. In addition to accompanying Christ Church’s four choirs, he was soloist for Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings as well as the premieres of Enid Sutherland’s Alpha and Emma Lou Diemer’s In Hope We Sing, Alleluia!. Starting in 2002, Mr. Wells was the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, Bronxville, where he directed a comprehensive music program of five choirs. He was the founding director of SHA!cappella, Bronxville’s acclaimed a cappella ensemble. As a recitalist, he has appeared in many venues across the country, among them Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, all in New York City. Christopher is now back at Christ Church Cranbrook where he has recently assumed the position of Music Director and Organist and directs the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir. The choir leads the congregation in singing and presents prepared anthems at the on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays from September through June; as well as holiday services, special concerts and other events. The Christ Church Cranbrook Choir is a widely acclaimed advanced ensemble that sings a greatly varied repertoire, including a significant amount of standard sacred choral literature from all periods of music.
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