Christopher Kayler, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music
 ckayler@briercrest.ca   306.756.3354    

Teaches:
history of western music, contemporary musicianship, orchestra, lyric diction (English, French, German, Italian, etc.), vocal masterclass, private lessons, vocal coaching
  Musicians have the privilege and opportunity to steward their God-given strengths, to improve their areas of weakness, and to encounter beauty and genius in compositions written throughout history and across the globe. Ours is a rich and full life! 

Teaching Philosophy

The Bible teaches that we are made in God's image. Among other things, this means that we are endowed with some of God's characteristics, including the ability to perceive between right and wrong, good and evil, beauty and ugliness. If an artist is someone who describes the experience of life, each one has a unique story to tell of God's work in, through, and around them. As a music teacher, I have an enormous and exciting responsibility: to help others become more passionate, thoughtful, and compelling sharers of God's beauty in sound and word. I feel called to guide students in their desire to gain confidence and refinement in sharing what they have to say.

Background

Christopher Kayler completed his DMA in accompanying and chamber music at the esteemed Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Barr. An accomplished performer, he was awarded 1st prize and the Ann C. Fehn Memorial award in the 2017 Jessie Kneisel Lieder competition, which was judged by the internationally renowned pianist-scholar Graham Johnson. While at Eastman, he received an Excellence in Accompanying award, and held graduate assistantships in opera coaching, studio accompanying, and as a teacher's assistant. He has participated in numerous prestigious summer music programs, including the Vancouver International Song Institute, SongFest (Los Angeles), and the Franz Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria). His academic awards include Eastman's Jerald C. Graue Fellowship for excellence in musicology, and the University of Manitoba's Gold Medal for the highest graduating average in music. His interests include reading, cooking, and exercise, each of which he enjoys with his wife, Heather, as they live in Caron, SK.

Education

DMA, Accompanying and Chamber Music, Eastman School of Music, 2017
M.Mus, Collaborative Piano, University of Manitoba, 2011
B.Mus, Solo Piano, University of Manitoba, 2008
ARCT, Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music, 2005

Publications

Baritone Rising: The Development of Low Male Voices in 19th-Century Italian Opera



Accompanying in the 19th Century: Examining the Recorded Evidence



Schubert as He Heard It?: Towards a Performance Practice of Lieder in the Style of Johann Michael Vogl (lecture-recital)


Most satisfying: the support and encouragement from the staff, faculty, and students that can only be achieved in this particular learning community. Most disappointing: that it took me so long to find this place.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015