Upcoming musical performances

February 3 and February 10, 2018:  Saturdays at 2 PM.  Premiere of Wicks’ half-hour opera “Love Is Strong As Death,” op. 641, for three singers (Aimee Amend, Alison Seeber, and Bennett Bailey) and piano (Debra Huddleston), on an original libretto.  To be preceded by a performance of two of Wicks’ violin sonatas, played by Stephanie Barth.  At the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore.  Freewill offering.

March 2, 2018:  Friday, 12 noon.  Free First Friday concerts at Strassweg Auditorium of the public library in New Albany, Indiana, to include a performance of Wicks’ first Viola Sonata, played by Myra Craig and Owen Heritage.  Co-sponsored by Kentuckiana Association of Musicians and Singers.  Works by Bach also to be heard.

March 2, 2018:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Marjory Lange, violinist, collaborating with Wicks as pianist.  A complete program of music by Swedish Romantic Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

March 25, 2018:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Concert in memory of Claude Debussy, sponsored by Cascadia Composers of Portland, to include premiere of two movements of Wicks’ “A Sea Sonata,” played by pianist Stephen Lewis.  Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Portland.  Free;  donations accepted.

November 2, 2018:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Sandy Duffy Norman, flutist, collaborating with Wicks as pianist and composer.  Norman maintains a thriving private studio in Salem, and she and Wicks will be playing his new flute sonata, and also music by Franz Schubert and Luigi Boccherini.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

“365 Sonnets,” my book of poetry

Over the course of the last twenty-three years (1994 to 2016), I have written many sonnets, the first three hundred sixty-five 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!

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 some favorites of mine, chamber, orchestral, choral, etc.:

Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Piano (2017)

Flute Concerto (1998)


Missa Brevis (2004)


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


Recent Performances of Note

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.

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

February 26, 2017Violist Cornelia Petroiu presented her program of new music PUZZLE-GARDE, including the premiere of Christopher Wicks’ piece The Puzzle and the Key, composed especially for this event.  At Studio Hall at George Enescu Philharmony, in Bucharest, Romania.

June 4, 2017.  Concert of “Ensemble for These Times” included performance of “If Still Your Orchards Bear,” a movement from “Three Elegiac Songs” by Wicks for soprano, cello and piano, on poems by Edna Millay.  The concert also featured two songs by Wicks on poems by Christina Rossetti:  “A Song for All Maries” and “Love Is Strong As Death.”   Old First Church, San Francisco, California.

July 8, 2017.   Graduate degree recital of Emily Potter, flutist and student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.  Performance at St. Martin’s Parish Church in Epsom, including “Four Miniatures” and “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Wicks.

October 15, 2017.  Bach Cantata Vespers service included presentation of Bach’s BWV 80, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and also Wicks’ choral motet “If You Continue in My Word.”  A celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation.  St. James Lutheran Church, Portland, Ore.

November 4, 2017.  Concert of the Southern Oregon Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers of the USA) included the “Bassoon Sonatina” by Christopher Wicks, played by Bruce Shay, and works by several other Oregonian composers.  At the United Congregational Church of Christ in Ashland, Ore.