“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:
make a loud noise and rejoice and sing praise.”– Psalm 98:4
Sunday September 23
First Hymn: "Praise the Source of Faith and Learning"
Hymn: "Lord, I Want to be a Christian "
Closing Hymn: "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine"
Introit: "As the Deer" | Michael J. Nystrom
Anthem: "Suffer the Little Children" | Matthew Armstrong
Offering: "Just a Closer Walk " | Don Besig
Benediction: "Song of Hope" | Argentine Folk melody
Christopher A. Smith is Director of Music at Rock Prairie. He brings to this position more than a decade of collective experience as a professional singer, music educator, and arts administrator. A Classically-trained tenor, Christopher continues to perform lead roles and solos with opera companies, symphony orchestras, and in concert venues throughout New York, New England, and the Midwest, and he is featured on more than dozen different recordings distributed internationally. As a teacher, Christopher is a two-time consecutive recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama, a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and has taught voice/music since the early 2000s: privately and in schools and colleges across Massachusetts. As an arts administrator, Christopher has held more than a dozen senior management positions in the music industry on both the business and artistic sides. Most recently, he served as General Director of the Boston Metropolitan Opera, Interim Director of the Boston-International Contempo Festival, and Chief Executive for the Biographics Consulting Group, in addition to other previous positions.
Outside of Rock Prairie, Christopher is also the Music Director of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus and Director of the Youth Choirs of Southern Wisconsin. He holds degrees in vocal performance from Wartburg College (Bachelor’s) and the New England Conservatory (Master’s).