About Christopher

Christopher M. Wicks has extensive experience as a church musician in the area of Salem, Oregon. He holds a MM in composition from the University of Montreal, and a MM in organ from the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, which is the highest professional certification offered by that organization, and studied for two years as an undergraduate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Besides composing, playing the organ, and directing his bell choir, Christopher loves to cook and to translate French poetry.

Upcoming musical performances

June 10, 2017:  Saturday, 2 PM.  Concert of “Ad Lucem” (“Towards the Light,” a women’s vocal ensemble directed by Bev Ratajak, and including singers such as Alison Seeber, Julie Tourtelotte and Laura Yeates) to include the premieres of Wicks’ settings of “Psalm 25″ and “The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead.”  At Queen of Angels Monastery at 840 S. Main Street in Mount Angel, Oregon.  Freewill offering.

July 7, 2017:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Katherine Couch Parks, principal cellist for the Salem Philharmonia and instructor of cello at Western Oregon University.  With Wicks as collaborative pianist, and members of the White Oak String Quartet (Chris Noel, Terry Hsu, Mark Babson).  Music by Beethoven, R. Schumann, Wicks, Mendelssohn and Brahms.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

July 8, 2017:  Saturday, 4:30 PM.  Graduate degree recital of Emily Potter, flutist and student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.  Performance to take place at St. Martin’s Parish Church in Epsom, and to include “Four Miniatures” and “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Wicks.

September 1, 2017:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Aimee Larsen-Amend, soprano, sings music by Wicks, Schubert and Bach, with Wicks at piano and organ, clarinetist Sara Truelove, and trumpeter Brett Randolph, at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

October 15, 2017:  Sunday, 3:30 PM.  Ensemble Aalto plays in the monthly concert series in Junction City, Oregon, to take place at Faith Lutheran Church at 926 W. 6th Avenue.  Aage Nielsen, master of the medieval double reed instrument known as the doucaine, will play with Wicks at the organ.  Music by various composers, including Wicks himself.

November 3, 2017:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Christopher Wicks plays a recital of solo piano music, including music by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Wicks himself.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Freewill offering.

December 10, 2017:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Eighth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church.  Music by Bach, Bruhns, Buxtehude and Wicks himself, including collaboration with the soprano Aimee Larsen Amend.  One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore.  Freewill offering.

January 5, 2018:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music:  Ensemble Aalto (Aage Nielsen, doucaine (medieval double reed);  Christopher Wicks, organ and piano) plays music ancient and modern, including compositions by Wicks.  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 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

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.

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.