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Christopher-Joel Carter

Music Director

Pianist

Christopher-Joel Carter is an organist and pianist of versatility, and is a master of multifarious genres.  Since 1996, he has been a professional keyboardist, and has filled various roles as soloist, collaborator, director, and consultant in the field, from chamber music, to the theatre.  In 2008 Christopher- Joel won first place in the Liberace Piano Competition, and he is the reigning champion. Formerly a regular in the Las Vegas music scene, he has performed there as the headlining pianist at the M Resort, and as guest artist at many other casino/hotels.  He has shared the billboard with Natalie Cole, Alan Jackson, ABC, Wang Chung, Marie Osmond, Cutting Crew, among myriad others.  
 
In 2013, Christopher made his collaborative debut at Carnegie Hall with flutist, Jeremy Benson sharing the music of the elusive Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi, and Cesar Franck.  His expertise of the flute repertoire has brought about many collaborations with some of the world’s virtuoso flutists, in concert, festival, and institutions.  He will again perform at Carnegie Hall, in the Autumn of 2021. 
 
He is the principal organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, a position he began in 2016.   Christopher is the founder of the very popular and regarded Trinity Keyboard Series, a concert series of seasonal performances and collaborations featuring Christopher’s unique style of entertainment, and his talented friends. 
 
Since his youth, he has been involved professionally as a choral collaborator, and still is sought after for such skill, culminating in forty to fifty choral collaborations a year.   His choral and vocal alliances have lead him to working with some of the world’s leading choral music pioneers, soloists, and opera companies.  
 
In scholarly work and research, most interestingly, he acted as a consultant to composer Jake Dickerson in the first in-depth project/dissertation on the music and theoretical processes of Fred Rogers’ (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood)  over 400 compositions. 
 
As a composer, Christopher has written and arranged several pieces for voices and instrumental ensembles.  Compositions of Carter’s have been premiered at Carnegie Hall and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.   Christopher has the degree of organ and piano performance, and is a past dean of the Greater Huntsville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.