Alex Christie

James H. and Elizabeth W. Wright Jefferson Fellow
Evanston, Illinois
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory (2009)
M.F.A. Mills College (2011)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Alex Christie is a doctoral candidate in Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia. He makes acoustic music, electronic music, and intermedia art in many forms and has collaborated with artists in a variety of fields. Christie is particularly interested in the ways in which acoustic and electronic sound worlds intersect.

Christie’s most recent work explores the ecology of performance in intermedia art and interactive electronic music. Through the use of real-time audio processing, video, lighting, and theater, Christie expands performance environments to offer multiple lenses through which the audience can experience his work. He is curious about the design of power structures, systems of interference, and indeterminacy in electroacoustic performance and composition.

As an educator, Christie taught composition, electronic music, and music theory at Santa Clara University for five years. He currently spends his summers teaching similar material to a group of talented 10-18 year-olds at the Walden School’s Young Musicians Program where he is also the Director of Composers Forums and the Director of Electronic Music. Christie holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Mills College.

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