Guest Lecturer (Voice)
On Faculty since 2012
Christopher Lorimer, tenor, has been singing professionally and teaching voice in the Chicago area for more than thirty years. A graduate of Northwestern University, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance, he currently serves on the voice faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and Concordia University. He taught private voice at the DePaul University School of Music for 12 years as well as classes in German Diction and Vocal Pedagogy. He was on the voice faculty of the Northwestern University High School Music Institute for fifteen years, where, in addition to teaching private voice, he taught diction classes, led master classes, and conducted chamber music ensembles. He has also served on the voice faculty at the University of Illinois Chicago and College of DuPage (where he also taught class voice and performance classes). As an in-demand technician and coach, he has led master classes and voice clinics throughout Chicago.
His students have progressed to top-level undergraduate and graduate music programs throughout the United States, becoming music directors, educators, professional choristers, and featured performers in many music festivals and opera programs here and in Europe. He is the Director of Music Ministries at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ of Naperville. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for six years. Christopher is, furthermore, a Certified Music Practitioner. As a CMP, he provides live music at patients' bedsides. He has performed for people dealing with a variety of acute and non-acute medical conditions, as well as people in hospice and those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to his teaching schedule, Christopher maintains an active singing career. A specialist in oratorio and concert works, Christopher performed as soloist with Music of the Baroque, Apollo Chorus, North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Bach Week Festival, Rockford Bach Chamber Choir, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Chicago Youth Symphony, the Antioch Chamber Ensemble and with Ars Antiqua, Ars Viva, Chicago Camerata and the Grant Park Music Festival. Christopher has also been soloist with the Bach Aria Group in Stony Brook, New York. His opera credits include lead tenor roles in “Rigoletto,” “The Rake’s Progress,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Abduction from the Seraglio,” “Bastienne and Bastien,” “The Magic Flute” and “The Crucible.” Christopher attended the AIMS program in Graz, Austria, where he was a finalist in the International Meistersinger Competition. He also placed first in the Chicago Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition and has received awards from both the Mozart Society of Chicago and Friends of Austria.
M.M. vocal performance, 1983
B.M. vocal performance, 1982