Christopher Waite, tenorChristopher W. Waite attended Clarion University where he completed his degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Waite studied voice with Mr. Milutin Lazich, Clarion University's director of choirs and professor of vocal studies. At Clarion, Waite also served as the assistant choral director for all university ensembles. Mr Waite had studied choral music with James Jordan, Rodney Eichenberger, Anton Armstrong and André Thomas. His studies in voice have taken him to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey with Thomas Farracco, The Metropolitan opera with Anthony Lacuira, and additional vocal work with Joan Frey Boytim and Dr. Susan Lyle.

Waite completed his degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance at Clarion University and returned to York, where he is presently completing course work for a master's degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College.

Waite has performed as the tenor soloist in many oratorio performances including; Messiah, Camele Saint-Saen's The Christmas Oratorio, Mendelsohn's Elijah and Schubert's Mass in G. On the stage, Waite has performed the roles of Stephen in Godspell, Father in Children of Eden, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and Lun-Tah in The King and I. Along with his roles on stage, Waite has directed musical theater productions throughout Pennsylvania and has sung with the York Oratorio Society, York Symphony Symphony Chorus and the Harrisburg Oratorio Society along with The Pittsburgh Pops Chorale organized by Robert Page and directed by Marvin Hamlisch.

Presently, Director of Choral Activities at York Catholic High School, Director of Music at Advent Lutheran Church, Mr. Waite is also a frequent soloist with orchestras in the Central Pennsylvania region. He maintains a voice studio in York; where he lives with his wife Jamie, also a Clarion University graduate and an accomplished musician in her own right.

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