Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
- Acoustic and electronic music composition
- Electronic music
- Music theory
Dr. Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist residing in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he is assistant professor of music specializing digital composition at Western Michigan University. Biggs’ recent projects focus on integrating live instrumental performance with interactive audiovisual media. In addition to collaborating with artists in other disciplines on projects, he treats all of his works as collaborations between himself and the initial performing artist by working with the performers during the creative process and considering their specific skills and preferences.
Biggs’ music has been presented across the United States and Europe, as well as in Latin America and Asia. His music is regularly performed at conferences and festivals, including the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference, Visones Sonoras, Electronic Music Midwest, and Society for Composers Inc. His music is available on Ravello Records, Irritable Hedgehog, and Peanut Shell Productions.
Biggs received the 2008 Missouri Music Teacher’s Association composer of the year award; the 2009 Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers first place award; the 2011 MACRO International Composition Award; and the 2012 Issa Music and Dance Faculty Award. He was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2007 to 2010.
Biggs teaches acoustic and electronic music composition, electronic music, and music theory. He received a B.A. in print journalism from American University, an M.M. in music composition from the University of Arizona, and a D.M.A. in music composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He studied music composition with renowned composers Zhou Long, Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Joao Pedro Oliveira, Daniel Asia and Paul Rudy.