As a composer, Christopher Goddard has collaborated with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, TAK Ensemble, andPlay duo, ‘No Exit’ ensemble, the Larkin Singers, the Guidonian Hand, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Andrew Staupe. He was selected for the 11th International Forum for Young Composers with the NEM, and has participated in the Wellesley Composers Conference, the National Arts Centre Young Composers Program, the Domaine Forget ‘Rencontres de musique nouvelle’ and the Czech-American Summer Music Institute. His work has been recognized by the SOCAN Young Composer Awards, the Robert Avalon Competition for Young Composers, and the Cooper Prize at Rice University. The Canadian League of Composers presented him with the 2015 Friends of Canadian Music award to share with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, who would later select him as their 2016 RBC Foundation Emerging Composer-in-Residence. He has studied with composers Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Chris Paul Harman and Brian Cherney.
As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Goddard has presented dozens of premieres by his colleagues, appearing with new music groups such as Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Columbia Composers, Penn Composers Guild, the Wet Ink Ensemble and others. He has participated in the Samos Young Artist Festival, the Avant Music Festival in New York and was a member of the 2013 Lucerne Festival Academy. He performed with TACTUS, the contemporary music ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying with pianists Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare. Previous piano studies took place with Nicole Presentey in Ottawa and Kyoko Hashimoto in Montreal. He is also active as an organist, having been engaged recently at St. Matthew’s Church, St. Andrew’s Church and Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.
Christopher Goddard holds a Master’s degree in contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s degree in composition from Rice University, and a Bachelor’s degree in composition and theory from McGill University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in composition with Professor John Rea at McGill University.
Christopher Goddard is a native of Ottawa, Ontario.