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A native of Port-au-Prince Haiti, Christopher Ducasse attended Holy Trinity Music School where he learned voice, violin, and piano. Christopher became a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Holy Trinity in 2007 and conducted their main choir “Les Petits Chanteurs” for a few years beginning in 2011. He was a BLUME HAITI Scholar in the Haitian student exchange program at Lawrence University in 2015, and in 2017 he joined Silver Lake College of the Holy Family to get a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a self-designed minor in Education. Christopher is currently getting a master’s in music in Choral Conducting at McGill University in Montreal, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallée.
Christopher was the Winner of the WCDA Conducting Competition in 2018. He has also composed vocal and instrumental pieces that have been performed by various groups, most notably Les Petits Chanteurs and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Holy Trinity Music School in Haiti, the Concordia University Orchestra, the Northern Valley Youth Orchestra, the Silver Lake College, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in Appleton Wisconsin, and other universities across the United-States. Christopher sings baritone, in addition to play piano and violin, and does some photography as a hobby.

In Paradisum

by Kathleen Allan

SSAATB a cappella – CP 1274 – 5:15

About this piece, Kathleen Allan writes:

“In Paradisum was premiered by the UBC University Singers on their 2008 United Kingdom tour. A highly personal work, it was written during my first year in Vancouver and was inspired by my first encounters with the beautiful Pacific coast. Having grown up in a harsher coastal climate on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, I was struck by the calmness and serenity of Vancouver’s seaside. I was inspired to write a poem in honour of my grandfather, an amateur sailor and photographer, who at the time was beginning to succumb to his chronic lung disease in St. John’s. Writing the poem and setting it to music helped me to reconcile the distance between my homes on two coasts, and allowed me to musically express my awe at natural beauty, my grappling with transitions, life and loss, and the profound sense of hope the ocean, regardless of coast, represented to me.”