“Full of charm and shapely allure” (Opera News) and “a tapestry of immense grace” (Textura) are some of the praises for the music of Christopher J. Hoh. He composes for voices and instruments, separately and combined, in a modern classical vein. In the mid-Atlantic region, his work has enhanced many worship services and choral concerts, but audiences across the United States and in several countries of Europe and the Americas have also heard his compositions. The GRAMMY-winning ensemble The Crossing, as well as Vox Futura and others, have recorded his work on six albums so far, with more in the pipeline. 

The professional ensemble The Thirteen recently premiered Hoh’s Musica Dei Donum for 12 voices in Washington. Meanwhile, the first performances of his Mass on When Jesus Wept took place with King’s Chapel Choir in Boston, and the art song A Little More Peace with mezzo soprano Solmaaz Adeli saw a bi-coastal tour. Director of Helena (MT) Choral Week Kerry Krebill selected Hoh as Composer-in-Residence in 2008, premiering Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lord God of Hosts and giving a concert of his music. The William & Mary University Choir, Musikanten and others have taken his music on tour. 

Recent years saw premieres of I Breathed A Song at Vienna’s Musikverein and Evening Music: Five Sarton Poems both in Maryland and overseas. Selections from Three Latin Prayers have been widely heard, from a Virginia New Year’s celebration and a church in Vienna Austria, to Simon Carrington’s conducting workshop in Umbria Italy. For Pentecost, St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church on Washington’s Capitol Hill commissioned From Heaven There Came A Sound, a multilingual work for children’s and adult choirs, piano, and percussion. 

While best known as a choral composer, Hoh pivoted during the pandemic to the pipe organ — the ultimate social-distance instrument. The Lorenz Corporation published some of his organ pieces in 2022 and his own publishing house, HohMade Music, has issued to date four volumes of works for recital and worship. His Concertino for organ and chamber orchestra is scheduled for a commercial album release in 2023. 

Hoh grew up in Reading PA, where he studied with conductor/organist/composer Donald Hinkle. As a young singer and accompanist he was influenced by learning great contemporary works under directors in Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington. He has been a fellow in Alice Parker’s composer seminar and attended workshops with Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, and Craig Jessop. Hoh’s formal education and career were in international affairs before retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service after 30-some years. He is a member of American Composers Forum, American Choral Directors Association, and ASCAP as both a publisher and composer. Most of Hoh’s work is available at www.HohMadeMusic.com. He maintains active pages on YouTube and Facebook.

Albums

NV6472 DASHING VOL. 3

Dashing Vol. 3

Release Date: November 4, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6472
21st Century
Folk Music
Holiday
Orchestral
Vocal Music
Choir
Orchestra
Voice
Navona Records presents DASHING VOL. 3, a festive assortment of new works inspired by the signature sounds and staples of the holiday season. Comprising stories, nods to classic holiday tunes, and an underlying current of wistful nostalgia, this installment of the DASHING series keeps the spirit of holiday music alive with new compositions and arrangements of well-known favorites. Brought to life by a number of orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choirs, the works of new and returning composers to the series are sure to ignite the charm and congeniality of the holiday season, highlighting the many facets that the bright break of winter can bring.
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Voices of Earth and Air Vol III

Release Date: October 9, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6299
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Organ
Judging by Navona's VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR VOL III, this century is facing a significant paradigm shift in contemporary composition. The third installment of the trailblazing series again showcases contemporary choral music, and once more, it is mesmerizing – mesmerizingly tonal and aesthetic.
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Evolutionary Spirits

Release Date: June 28, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6218
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS brings together the artistry of Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing with innovative works of six contemporary composers. Ranging from songs of praise from the Biblical era to present day, and from contemporary poetry to the reimagining of a Shakespearean sonnet, EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS explores humanity in all its facets.
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Cadence

Release Date: October 14, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6061
21st Century
Chamber
Liturgical
Vocal Music
Piano
Voice
CADENCE, the new vocal music compilation from Navona Records, offers a set of inspired, emotive premiere recordings by composers Christopher J. Hoh, David Kirtley, Joanne D. Carey, and Timothy Kramer in works juxtaposing the ethereal and the earthy, the diaphanous and the muscular, and the serene and the agile.
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Dashing

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6055
21st Century
Holiday
Orchestra
Navona Records is delighted to present DASHING, a festive album for the holiday season featuring brand new works and arrangements of holiday favorites by several outstanding composers, with performances by The Stanbery Singers, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra.
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