February 27, 2017
This past Sunday, February 26th, Fort Collins-based tenor Christian Mark Gibbs beat out four other vocalists to win the Grand Junction Symphony Guild’s Young Artist Competition Finals. Christian not only won a cash prize but has also been invited back to perform as a soloist with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra during the upcoming 2017-18 Season.
Christian Mark Gibbs recently performed with Opera Fort Collins as a cover for both roles of Arturo and Normanno in a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor. His other recent opera roles include an understudy of Caliph in Kismet with Loveland Opera Theatre, Le Chevalier in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, and Miles Gloriosus from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
As a concert artist and recitalist, Mr. Gibbs recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a Featured Artist at the Choirs of America NYC Nationals. He also puts on a yearly recital called “Adoration” in which he has a specific theme that changes focus each concert.
Mr. Gibbs has performed throughout the NYC tri-state area, Colorado, and his travels took him overseas to Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, and Singapore. He has performed in multiple world premieres in New York City, Switzerland, and Singapore, from operas and solo performance to chamber and solo vocal quartet.
Mr. Gibbs is a graduate of Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. During his time there, he premiered two opera works by composer Bruce Saylor and was the tenor soloist in a world premiere with the Queens Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Constantine Kitsopoulos. He currently studies with Dr. John Clayton Seesholtz. Please visit www.ChristianMarkGibbs.com for more information.
The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra wishes to thank the Grand Junction Symphony Guild for their support of this year’s Young Artist Competition Finals.