At age 10, Christopher was introduced to classical music by a family friend who lent him a few cassette tapes with classical works. One of the tapes featured a 1982 recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3 in D Minor performed by Martha Argerich. The “Rach 3” sparked his love of classical music and today remains his favorite work.
While no Martha Argerich, Christopher began studying piano at age 5 and viola at age 11. He quickly became a fan of Classical 96.5 KXTR, Kansas City’s now-defunct classical music station. In high school, Christopher was the associate principal violist with the Kansas City Youth Symphony. Later, he played mallets with Kansas City’s Mid-America Freedom Band, where he was a founding member of its string ensemble. Most recently, he played viola with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia, an all-volunteer community symphony orchestra, and sat on its board of directors.
Christopher is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from Drexel University and an MSW from UNC–Chapel Hill. He is thrilled to be part of the WCPE family and to continue nourishing his love of classical music as an announcer at the station. Christopher resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his cat, Grayson.