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Chris Hoster

Department: Music

Visiting Assistant Professor Music

Director of Choral Activities

  • Education
  • MM, Univ of Illinois Urbana
  • BM, Susquehanna University

Christopher D. Hoster currently serves as the visiting assistant professor and director of choral activities at Susquehanna University.

A native of Reading, Pa., Christopher is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Andrew Megill. His dissertation focuses on the textual and religious constructs of Vaughan Williams' first major choral work The Garden of Proserpine (1889).  

Christopher earned his master's degrees in vocal performance and literature from the University of Illinois, and his bachelor's degree in music education from Susquehanna University.  

He is equally comfortable on the stage as he is on the podium. During his studies, he has performed leading roles in main-stage productions of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Verdi's Falstaff, Britten's Albert Herring, Weill's Street Scene and more.  

As a chorister for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Christopher sang in the 2013 production of Michael Putz' Silent Night, a Pulitzer Prize winning opera, Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, and Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves. In 2011, Christopher served as the director of choral activities at Kutztown University and conducted Vivaldi's Gloria, Faure's Requiem, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas-the university's first fully staged operatic performance. In 2010, he took part in the Sarteano Choral Workshop in Tuscany, led by Yale's Professor Emeritus Simon Carrington. During the summer of 2007, he participated in the Opera Theater Center at the Aspen Music Festival and School, singing the role of Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.   In Reading, Christopher currently serves as the director of MasterSingers for the Berks Youth Chorus as well as the founder and conductor of Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir.  

In the six years conducting Opus One, Christopher has conducted repertoire spanning all periods of music history, including Schütz' Musikalische Exequien, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Bach's Jesu Meine Freude (BWV 227), Haydn's Missa in angustiis, Mozart's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Schubert's Mirjams Siegesgesang, Debussy's La damoiselle élue, and Vaughan Williams' Magnificat. "Hoster led the choir with assurance and an obvious affinity for this music, which is some of the best in all of the choral repertoire." (Reading Eagle, March 2016).  

Christopher is also the organist and choir director at St. John's Baptist de la Salle in Shillington, Pa. 

Christopher D. Hoster is a native of Reading, Pa. He is currently a D.M.A. in Choral Music candidate (ABD) at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Andrew Megill. His M.M. in Vocal Performance and Literature is also from the University of Illinois and his B.M. in Music Education from Susquehanna University. His dissertation focuses on the textual and religious constructs of Vaughan Williams’ first major choral work The Garden of Proserpine (1889).

Christopher is equally comfortable on the stage as he is on the podium. During his studies, he has performed leading roles in main-stage productions of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Verdi's Falstaff, Britten's Albert Herring, Weill's Street Scene, and more. During the summer of 2007, he participated in the Opera Theater Center at the Aspen Music Festival and School, singing the role of Male Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. In 2010, he took part in the Sarteano Choral Workshop in Tuscany, led by Yale's Professor Emeritus Simon Carrington.

In 2011, Christopher served as the Director of Choral Activities at Kutztown University and conducted Vivaldi's Gloria, Faure's Requiem, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas - the University's first fully-staged operatic performance. As a chorister for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Christopher sang in the 2013 production of Michael Putz' Silent Night, a Pulitzer Prize winning opera, Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, and Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves. In Reading, Christopher currently serves as the director of MasterSingers for the Berks Youth Chorus as well as the founder and conductor of Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir. In the six years conducting Opus One, Christopher has conducted repertoire spanning all periods of music history, including Schütz’ Musikalische Exequien, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude (BWV 227), Haydn’s Missa in angustiis, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mirjam Siegesgesang, Debussy’s La demoiselle élue, and Vaughan Williams’ Magnifiat. “Hoster led the choir with assurance and an obvious affinity for this music, which is some of the best in all of the choral repertoire.” (Reading Eagle, March 2016). He is also the organist and choir director at St. John’s Baptist de la Salle in Shillington, Pa. Christopher currently serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Susquehanna University.

Courses taught:

  • MUED-339 Public School Music I
  • MUED-340 Public School Music 2
  • MUSC-082 University Choir
  • MUSC-086 University Chamber Singers
  • MUSC-372 Choral Conducting
  • MUSC-501 Independent Study