Christopher Tucker


Christopher Tucker is emerging as one of America’s bright and innovative classical composers. An unabashed romantic, his music has been heralded as having wonderful maturity, musical imagination, and sensitivity. He has composed works for chamber ensembles, chorus, band and orchestra creating an impressive catalogue of compositions at such an early age. In addition, Mr. Tucker has begun to amass numerous awards in composition and conducting from organizations including the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, WASBE and ASCAP. He has also received praise for his radio broadcast production and personality work while at WRR Classical 101.1 PM in Dallas, Texas, winning a Communicator Award and being a finalist for a coveted Silver Microphone Award. As a music copyist, he has worked with Daron Hagen, William Latham and Joan Tower. Mr. Tucker holds memberships in ASCAP and the American Composers Forum, and is currently composer-in-residence of the Helios Vocal Ensemble and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. He presently lives in Rockwall, Texas with his wife Kimberly and their dog Dottie. Within the composer’s musical portfolio lies a huge success in the symphonic wind band medium, building an ever-growing audience following. Thomas Dvorak writes, “Christopher Tucker is achieving a new seriousness for the medium … the elements of sensitivity and lush sonorities coupled with interesting and musical harmonic growth and rhythmic vitality makes his music special.” With the release of his first commercial CD titled Twilight in the Wilderness (Mark Records), Mr. Tucker has embraced the ensemble and its multiple-aged levels as a positive course for contemporary composition. New works for wind band include An�nkasan, the Sky Spirit, Kt 13 for collegiate wind symphony, Americans Lost, Kt 4, which won the 2001 Biennial CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest and Twilight in the Wilderness, Kt 14/4, winner of the following 2003 CBDNA award as well as the 2004 Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest. Christopher Tucker, a student of the late Martin Mailman, earned a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in Music Composition with a minor in Music Theory at the University of North Texas. Afterwards, he received his Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin studying composition with Dan Welcher and Donald Grantham, while also completing a Performance Certificate in Conducting studying with Kevin Sedatole. Other musical studies included masterclasses with notables Judith Weir, Lowell Liebermann, John Corigliano, Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Samuel Adler, Elliot Del Borgo and Walter Hartley, as well as additional work with Mark Camphouse, Timothy Mahr and Jack Stamp. For more information about Mr. Tucker, please visit his website at


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