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Christopher Healey : Associate Artist

Music for modern hearts and minds; spines tingled, heartstrings quivered.

Photo of Christopher Healey

Photo: Keith Saunders

Christopher Healey (PhD) writes music that has been described as "a perfect mix of intelligence and humanity" (Zoe Knighton) and praised for its ability to "attractively weave disparate musical styles into a sonorous tapestry" (ClassikOn). A musical storyteller, his voice is broad and inclusive, ranging from transfixingly tender to haunting and macabre. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition (Class I Honours) and a PhD in Composition from the University of Queensland. He has studied with composers Gerard Brophy, Robert Davidson and American composer, Daron Hagen. Christopher has also been mentored by esteemed Australian composers, Carl Vine, Christopher Gordon and Holly Harrison, as well as American composers, Nico Muhly, Christopher Cerrone, and Missy Mazzoli.

Commissions and performances have been sought by numerous professional ensembles throughout Australia as well as China, France, Holland, and the USA. Christopher's catalogue of works currently includes nearly one hundred compositions. He has been commissioned by highly regarded organisations and ensembles such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Omega Ensemble, Camerata QCO, 4MBS, the BRON Saxophone Quartet, BoB - Best of Brass, Ensemble Françaix, Ensemble Fabrique, Divisi Chamber Singers, the Nickson Quartet and many more.

Christopher's professional highlights for 2022 include:

  • Selected for Flinders Quartet's Ascend program, which resulted in the workshopping, performance and recording of Circe.
  • Selected for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Cybec Commission.
  • Selected for Omega Ensemble's CoLab Commission.
  • Commissioned to write a 20-minute oratorio for Divisi Chamber Singers & period instruments.
  • Performances by Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher's music has been included in a recent album release for ABC Classic, as part of Camerata QCO's new album, Sunshine Sounds.

For a listing of Christopher's compositions and performances, please visit: www.christopherhealey.net

Christopher Healey — current to July 2023

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Vita Nostra : Our Life Is Brief (2022) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Cybec Foundation.