Having been praised for his musicality and dramatic portrayals, and “sonorous tenor voice,” Christopher MacRae has appeared across North America in a wide range of stage and concert repertoire. In 2015 he received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Boston University, and holds additional degrees in music from McGill University and the University of Calgary.
In 2000 he made his professional debut with Calgary Opera, and has since appeared across Canada and the US. As a proponent of contemporary works, selected highlights of his stage credits include Sir Philip in Owen Wingrave, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, McAlpine in Filumena (Estacio), The Governor & Vanderdenur in Candide, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, The Tenor in Six Characters in Search of an Author (Weisgall), Sheldon in Later the Same Evening (Musto), and created the roles of Seth as a Man in John Beckwith’s historical opera Taptoo!, and The Doctor in Lorena Orozco’s English adaptation of The Waiting Room.
He has been frequently engaged as a concert soloist in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Theodora, MacMillian’s Celtic Mass of the Sea, Britten’s St. Nicola Cantata, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
Dr. MacRae is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and served as the President of the Arkansas Chapter. He has presented at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress in Calgary, the International Symposium on Singing and Song in St. John’s Newfoundland, and the NATS Southern Region Conference.
Dr. MacRae has joined the faculty at the University of Regina in Fall 2021 and is a member of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teacher’s Association.
Previously he was on faculty at the University of Arkansas, where he received the ‘Outstanding Mentor Award’ three times. His students have gone on to receive full scholarships in graduate and post graduate music programs, or pursuing successful careers in music.