Christopher Fülling

Christopher FüllingParticipation: Summer Workshop Series 2012 – Gregorian Chant

With a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton, Christopher went on to receive his M.F.A. in historically informed vocal performance and opera directing from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He was awarded a Beebe Foundation fellowship to study Baroque singing in Amsterdam with Max van Egmond and Peter Kooy at the Academie voor Oude Muziek.

For 12 years, Christopher worked as a professional tenor based in Europe. In addition to his career in oratorio, opera, choral and Early Music, Christopher sang and recorded chant with Schola Cantorum Amsterdam and Hartkeriana. A professional chant ensemble, Hartkeriana was formed to put into practice the emerging primary research on the Hartker codexes by preeminent chant scholar, Frater Kees Pouderoijen. This work has been presented at the International Chant festivals in Watou, Belgium and Vác, Hungary.

He studied voice with Max von Egmond, Peter Kooy, and Eric Mentzel, chant with Prof. Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo, and Medieval music with Benjamin Bagby and Eric Mentzel of Sequentia.

With his Medieval group, Fata Organa, and 17thC Ensemble, Cappella Confluentes, Christopher put chant within its ritual context, reconstructing liturgies from specific time and places, working within creative theatrical contexts. These include collaborations with the German theatre group Grotest Maru and the Dutch Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel. As founder of the Art Monastery outside of Rome, he returned Gregorian chant, the artform, to its roots in monastic daily life.

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