Upcoming performances of my musical compositions

November 4, 2016:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  violinists Stephanie Barth and Marjory Lange with Wicks at the piano.  Music by Bach, Mozart and Wicks.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

November 5, 2016:  Saturday, 7 PM.  Faculty Recital of Bethany Evans, harpist, to include premiere of Variations on an Original Theme by Wicks, as well as music by Debussy, Glinka, Salzedo and others.  At Smith Recital Hall at the Department of Music of Western Oregon University in Monmouth.  Free.

December 11, 2016:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Seventh Annual Advent Organ Recital by Wicks, at the Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore., on their magnificent Ott pipe organ.  Music by Bach, Wicks and Reincken.  Appearances by soprano Aimee Larsen-Amend and others.  Donations to be divided by church and performers.

January 6, 2017:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  baritone Andrew White, from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, will sing a varied program accompanied by Wicks.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

January 8, 2017:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Repeat performance of recital with Andrew White, baritone, at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 19600 Willamette Drive, West Linn, Oregon.  Freewill offering.

June 4, 2017:  Sunday, 4 PM.  Concert of “Ensemble for These Times” to include performance of “Three Elegiac Songs” by Wicks for soprano, cello and piano, on poems by Edna Millay.  Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California.

“365 Sonnets,” my book of poetry

Over the course of the last twenty-three years (1994 to 2016), I have written three hundred sixty-five sonnets, all of which I have now published in a single volume.  Some are Shakespearean, some are Petrarchan, and some are in cycles such as “crowns”;  they address a variety of topics and a few are not quite in iambic pentameter, but all are in rhyming verse and fourteen lines.  During this writing career, I have won prizes through the state poetry societies of Tennessee, Texas, Massachusetts and Oregon, and I have had publications in such periodicals as “Verseweavers” and “Thresholds.”  Copies of my book are available for $20.  Checks may be sent to Christopher Wicks at 101 Jade Hills Dr., Silverton, OR 97381, and the price includes domestic shipping.  Hail Poetry!

To hear me read my poetry, come to the Barrel and Keg, a hospitable establishment at the corner of Broadway and Market in Salem, Oregon, at 7 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2016, since I will be a featured reader there.  My books will be available for sale.  A previous reading, since the publication, took place at the Salem bookstore ‘The Book Bin” at 450 Court St., on July 29, 2016.

Some Links to Hear Music of Mine


There are currently over three hundred videos of my compositions and/or performances on my YouTube channel, but here are five favorites of mine, chamber, orchestral, choral, etc.:

Five Songs of the Sea (2005)


Piano Trio No. 4:  excerpts (movements 2 and 4 – 2009)


Flute Concerto (1998)


Missa Brevis (2004)


Organ Fantasia on “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein” (2014)


Recent Performances of Note

July 31, 2013:  the piano trio “Threeplay” (Tyler Neist, violin;  Dale Tolliver, cello;  Michael Barnes, pianist) presented the premiere of my trio “Silver Falls Suite,” at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Also on the program were trios by Beethoven and Brahms.

Carson Cooman, a Bostonian composer and organist, played several organ pieces of mine (brief fugues, some with preludes) in various recitals and church services in the Summer and Fall of 2013, at King’s Chapel, at the Unitarian Church on Nantucket, and at the Memorial Church of Harvard University.  Carson’s website is www.carsoncooman.com

September 15, 2013:  premiere of one-minute composition “Titania Invites a Song,” as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project of the Vox Novus Foundation, by mezzo Katherine Crawford and flutist Rebecca Ashe, at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.

November 5, 8, 9 and 10, 2013:  performance by the Crane Harp Ensemble of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project including Wicks’ composition “A Thick Tapestry,” at a variety of venues in New York State:  Brighton Town Hall in Rochester, the State University at Potsdam, and churches in Albany and in New York City.

February 28, 2014.  Clarinetist Javier Perez Garrido premiered my “Disquietudes of a Jealous Mind,” as part of his “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus Foundation, at the Auditorio CAM de Alicante in Alicante, Spain.

March 30, 2014.  Shannon Roberts, soprano and Yumi Suehiro, pianist perform my one-minute song Die Weihe der Nacht (“Night’s Enchantment”) as part of their “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” through the Vox Novus foundation, in a concert at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church at 351 E. 74th St. in New York City.  A repeat performance, the next week (April 6, 3 PM) at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, also in NYC, at 521 W. 126th Street.  Donations of food and toiletries accepted for the homeless.

May 4, 2014.  Cellist Maksim Velichkin played my piece “Homage to BACH” as part of a ‘Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project in honor of JSB, through the Vox Novus Foundation.  Brand Library at 1601 W Mountain St. in Glendale, Calif.  Subsequent encore performances took place in the months following at other public libraries in the Los Angeles area, and at the “MiMoDa” Studio in that same city.

December 10, 2014. The duo “Aurae” (soprano and flute, Mary Hubbell and Alice Jones) performed my one-minute piece “Time Regained” as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project, with the theme of France’s “Belle Epoque,” through the Vox Novus Foundation.  At Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

December 13 and December 14, 2014.  Concerts by Willamette Master Chorus at Hudson Hall at Willamette University in Salem, included Wicks’ arrangement of “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” aka the “Huron Carol.”

December 14, 2014.  “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus foundation, included Wicks’ one-minute piece The Rite of Winter, with Diego Vasquez, clarinet and Andrea Skurr, dancer.  At Jan Hus Presbyterian Church at 351 E 74th St. in New York City.

February 8, 2015.  For I Am Persuaded, for solo baritone with handchime, performed by baritone Andrew White at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.  Part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project of the Vox Novus Foundation.

February 22, 2015.  Lamento pelo morte do Allen Forte, improvisatory piece for guitarist Rodrigo Baggio, premiered at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City. Part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project of the Vox Novus Foundation.

March 8, 2015.  April Is the Sweetest Month, Taiwanese-inspired piece for violinist Tzu-En Lee, to premiered at Jan Hus Church in New York City.  Part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project of the Vox Novus Foundation.

June 28, 2015.  Arrangement of Welsh hymn Calon Lan, for SATB choir and piano, sung by the Oregon Welsh Festival Chorus, directed by Jamie Webster, at the 80th Annual Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn-sing) at Bryn Seion Welsh Church in Beavercreek, Oregon.

October 11, 2015.  Performance of Wicks’ song cycle “Carmelite Songs:  the Three Teresas,”  setting poetry by St. Teresa of Avila, St. Theresa of Lisieux and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  With sopranos Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon, Alison Seeber and Aimee Larsen, and Trio Polychorda (Stephanie Barth, violin;  Katherine Couch Parks, cello and Christopher Wicks, pianist).  At Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, West Linn, Ore.

October 18, 2015.  Flutist Iwona Glinka presents a concert including an encore of the “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame” selections originally presented by Jacqueline Martelle in New York City, including Christopher M. Wicks’ one-minute piece “A Mother’s Blessing.”  At the Nikolaos Mantzanos Conservatory in Athens, Greece.

November 1, 2015.  Recital of organist David Bohn, to include a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus Foundation, including Wicks’ one-minute composition “Birds of the Air, Bless the Lord.”  St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1927 North Fourth Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

December 4, 2015.  Cellist Mirel Iancovici presents his concert “A moment of silence (but not soundlessness),” including Wicks’ one- minute composition “God Calls, We Answer.”  Conservatorium, Willem Hijstekzaal Maastricht, the Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 15.

December 20, 2015.  An Advent organ recital, presenting Wicks’ cycle of compositions “Nine in Honor of the Nativity of Christ,”  at the Mount Angel Abbey Church at One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Oregon.

March 17, 2016.  The duo “Piano Pinnacle” performs a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” cycle, including Wicks’ piece “Valse montrealaise.”  At the Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY.

April 10, 2016.  Wicks played an organ recital at St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon, to raise funds for travel of the Marylhurst Concert Choir to a festival in Ireland.  Music by Wicks himself, as well as Bach, Buxtehude, Messiaen and a new piece by Romanian composer Iulia Cibisescu-Duran.

July 9, 2016.  SONATAS, CONCERTOS AND SUITES:  OH MY!  A concert of chamber music by Wicks.  Besides playing the piano, Wicks was joined by colleagues Stephanie Barth (violin), Katherine Couch Parks (cello), Marjory Lange (viola) and Sara Truelove (clarinet).  At Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, West Linn, Oregon.

August 13, 2016:  Recital by Emily Potter, flutist with Wicks at the piano:  compositions by Wicks and others, such as Ian Clarke, David Heath and Edward McGuire.  Potter is currently a graduate flute student at the Guildhall School in London, England.  At the Mt. Angel Abbey Library Auditorium in Oregon.