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Christopher Norby

MDT Music
Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography: 

Christopher Norby has established himself as a composer, performer and teacher through a wide range of international artistic experience in live theatre, concert composition, video game music, film/TV scoring and live performance. His commissioned concert and theatre works have been performed in major venues and festivals internationally (including performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Covent Garden, London, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and at the International Rostrum of Composers concerts, Slovenia). As a film and media composer, Christopher has completed scores for multiple iOS and Android releases and national USA television. He was a co-founder of the theatre ensemble AnNua Productions (Ireland, Australia), with which he continues to work, and in 2017 established Ensemble Kabarett in Phoenix - a multimedia live performance group that is gaining recognition for innovative and entertaining productions. Christopher also has much experience as a freelance performer across multiple genres, having contributed to multiple CD releases and live television and radio performances as a keyboardist and arranger. Christopher has taught composition related courses through the University of Ulster, Valley City State University and in various private and community based settings. He currently teaches composition for film and media at Arizona State University. Christopher holds a PhD in composition from the University of Ulster, Ireland.

Education: 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Music Composition. 2011. University of Ulster, Derry,Northern Ireland. (Fully funded by a Department of Education and Learning research grant)

Thesis title - Maintaining Pleasure in Composition: Cultural and Philosophical Issues Affecting My Work as a Composer

Digital Thesis available via the British Library: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.569040

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus). 2006. Degree with first class honours (highest UK undergraduate classification). University of Ulster, Magee. Derry, Northern Ireland.
Audio: 
Portfolio of music
Research Interests: 

Music Composition

Theatre and Film

Cultural Sociology

Live Performance 

Collaborative Creation

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 598Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 323Composition
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 523Advanced Composition
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
MTC 723Advanced Composition
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 323Composition
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 523Advanced Composition
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
MTC 723Advanced Composition
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 494Special Topics
MTC 598Special Topics
Industry Positions: 

Freelance composer - Film, Videogame, Concert Music and Theatre