Peruvian-American tenor Christopher Sierra is recognized for his artistic sensitivity and versatility in repertoire ranging from classical, musical theatre, to contemporary commercial music. He has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Opera New Jersey, Spoleto Festival USA, Princeton Festival Opera, Long Island Opera, and New York Lyric Opera Theatre, to name a few, and has made international solo debuts in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and India.
Recent engagements have included singing the tenor solo in Peter Berring’s Song of the Salish Chief at Alice Tully Hall and performing mélodies by Henri Duparc at the College Music Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference. As a recording artist, Dr. Sierra can be heard on The Flower of Beauty (2009) with the Westminster Choir, Landscape: Choral Music of Gerald Custer (2008) with Anam Cara, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 (2007) with the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices.
Sought after for his research in crossing genres as a classically trained singer, Dr. Sierra has been invited to present lectures at College Conservatories and Universities throughout the United States, including The Hartt School of Music, University of Connecticut, Troy University, Belmont University, Florida International University, etc. He has also led vocal master classes at the University of the Bahamas, Iceland University of the Arts, Fundación Cultural Armonía in Quito, Ecuador, and currently works with developing musicians at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil-Nadu, India and the Tomas de Berlanga School on the island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos.
Dr. Sierra serves on the voice faculty at Butler University, where his responsibilities include teaching courses in vocal literature, lyric diction, vocal pedagogy, and applied voice lessons. In previous years, he has taught voice at The College of New Jersey, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Monmouth University, and Washington State University. Dr. Sierra has also been invited to lead vocal technique classes at musical theatre intensive programs, such as the Rutgers High School Musical Theatre Academy and the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory.
Dr. Sierra holds a doctorate of musical arts degree in voice performance from Rutgers University, a master of education degree in music education from Columbia University, a master of music degree in classical voice performance from Manhattan School of Music, and bachelor of music degrees in music education and voice performance from Westminster Choir College.