Christopher Kayler, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music
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! 
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Christopher Teaches:
  • History of Western Music
  • Contemporary Musicianship
  • Orchestra
  • Lyric diction (English, French, German, Italian)
  • Vocal Masterclass
  • Private lessons
  • Vocal coaching

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.


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.


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


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)