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Christopher Hathaway

Brief biography

Christopher M. Hathaway, conductor and singer, is Professor and Interim Director of Choral Studies at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Hathaway has completed his coursework for his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas where he conducted the Men’s and Women’s Chorus, and assisted with the UNT Collegium Singers and Orchestra. He is currently finishing his dissertation on composer Jake Runestad and the evolution of social justice in choral music. Hathaway received his dual Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from The University of South Florida where he conducted the University Chamber Singers, Collegium, the Collegiate Singers, and assisted the Director of Choral Studies, Dr. James K. Bass. 
During the 2013-2015 seasons, Hathaway served as the Assistant Conductor for The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay: the official symphony chorus for the Florida Orchestra. In this position, he annually conducted on the Florida Orchestra’s subscription series holiday concerts and led the premiere of The Master Chorale’s annual composition competition winner. During the 2013-2015 seasons, he assisted with the preparation for performances including Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Fauré's Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe', Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Orff's Carmina Burana. 
Prior to his graduate work, Hathaway served as a choir director in the school systems of Kalamazoo and Otsego, Michigan. Choirs under his direction consistently achieved the highest professional ratings at both the district and state levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Music Education where he studied with Dr. Joe Miller. 
In addition to singing several opera roles, Hathaway is on the roster of the Dallas Bach Society and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. He is a past participant in the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and was an auditioned member of the Professional Choral Institute with the GRAMMY nominated vocal ensemble, Seraphic Fire.