"From the youngest to the eldest singers, vocal music can serve to be an introduction to understanding and developing ones own emotions."
Brooklyn Native Christopher S. Lilley has been singing since before he can even remember. When he was younger, he sang even more than he talked! By the time he reached high school, he was taking his vocal studies seriously, attending the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music in Lincoln Center. It was there that he grew to love various genres of music, but specifically classical music.
As a teacher, Christopher is a firm believer that every person has a voice and something to say. His passion is seeing his students develop not only technical attributes of singing, but a true identity within their own voice. He wants to take the journey with the student to discover their voice, discover their message, and then share that message as beautifully and easily as possible. His focus in teaching is equally divided between vocal production and musical interpretation. “From the youngest to the eldest singers, vocal music can serve to be an introduction to understanding and developing ones own emotions.”
"It is something I try to do in my own singing; I try to sing the music well, with proper vocal technique, and then apply different dynamics and other elements of musicality to create a three dimensional picture of the song. Even the simplest song can be treated like this!"
Christopher's favourite composers include (but are not limited to) W.A Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, H.T. Burleigh, Richard Strauss, and Franz Schubert, just to name a few. He says his greatest musical influences are Lawrence Brownlee, Fritz Wunderlich, Langston Hughes and his mentor, C. Anthony Bryant. Along with classical music, he also enjoys Gospel, Musical Theatre (especially Disney Music), Hip-Hop and Soul music. One thing that Christopher is passionate about is the performance of pieces written by men and women of colour (spirituals and otherwise). "There is a treasure trove of music written by people of colour just waiting to be performed."
Along with his musical endeavors, Christopher is also a spoken word poet frequently performing in various venues throughout the city.