Christian Guebert is a composer and educator from Orange, California. His music has been performed across the United States and in Canada, Austria, Hungary, and Australia. His frequently performed works include published and award-winning pieces for instrumental and choral ensembles. Christian’s music aims for immediacy, idiomatic performing style, and sonic variance and depth. His experience with percussion is a factor in the liveliness and spirited nature of much of his output. He composes in all acoustic media, focusing on choir, handbells, wind band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. Recent scoring experience includes a published orchestration of a piano and choral piece. He organizes concert series and regularly gives workshops and residencies for his composition and directing work. He has directed music throughout this country and in Europe on music tours, having taken private study in choral, wind band, orchestra, and handbell styles of conducting. He has taught classes and private lessons in theory, composition, ear training, singing, counterpoint, orchestration and technology. Recent teaching experience includes serving on faculty of the 2016 National Seminar of Handbell Musicians of America and teaching lessons at St. John’s Music Conservatory in Orange.
Christian earned a Master of Music degree in composition from Cal State University, Fullerton (2013), and a Parish Music Certification (2015) and Bachelor of Arts degree (2010) from Concordia University, Irvine. He is now a PhD student in composition at UCLA, where he currently serves as a teaching assistant for musicianship and theory at the Herb Alpert School of Music; he also serves as music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Orange and adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine where he has served as Composer-in-Residence.
Current projects include a collection of Walt Whitman sea poetry forming a choral song cycle (Voyaging), which incorporates “The Untold Want,” the prizewinning piece of the 2016 Pacific Chorale Young Composers Competition. Harp and handbell sounds form the basis of this expansive choral work, with frequent unaccompanied sections. Voyaging receives a concert premiere on March 23.