CHRISTOPHER M. POWELL
Christopher M. Powell is a cultural executive with over twenty years of dynamic experience in arts and music administration. At The Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York, he was the Executive Producer of the acclaimed Breaking Glass: Hyper-linking Opera and Issues initiative which included an 8-city tour of community conversations focused on issues of social responsibility in the opera industry and an acclaimed podcast of the same name produced in collaboration with the WFMT Radio Network of Chicago. He was also the company’s lead contract negotiator and artistic administrator.
During his fourteen-year tenure as Music Administrator with Pittsburgh Opera, Christopher managed the orchestra and chorus personnel for nearly 100 opera productions and concerts and served as the administrator of the company’s renown Resident Artist Program and led all company management for principal artists and guest directors. Committed to the advancement of new opera, he was Producer of Co-Opera 2015: a collaboration between Carnegie-Mellon University’s School of Music, School of Engineering, School of Drama, and the Heinz School of Management to create a single-night performance of five world premiere one act operas with livestream technology - a program that continues to this day. In the summers of 2005-2009 he was the Orchestra Personnel Manager for the legendary Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA and in the spring of 2011-2012 he served in that same capacity at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. From 1997-2001, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh while also managing youth musical theater activities, sales and promotions with Pittsburgh CLO and Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Christopher is a classically trained French horn player and music educator. While finishing his first graduate degree, Christopher was engaged to work with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment as stage crew chief for the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show in January 1995.
Christopher is a graduate of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Duquesne University, a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Miami, and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Point Park University.