After studying music and German literature at Lewis & Clark College, Christopher Roberts moved to Germany and started composing and songwriting. Christopher Roberts adopted a style that combined pop, jazz, and classical training and wrote and produced music for German television and film programs.
Usually production music writers have a decently equipped home recording studio with the ability to compose music that can be sold and licensed to TV networks or advertising agencies. Agencies have a constant need for music of all kinds to go along with TV and radio commercials, so they are always looking for fresh tunes in production music libraries.
After writing a musical score, a successful music composer must be able to record and mix it. Most agencies require broadcast-quality deliverables of a specified length and in a particular format. Although a formal education in music often proves helpful in this profession, music production writers just need the three basic abilities of writing, recording, and mixing music well.
Christopher “Chris” Roberts has worked in the music industry for more than 30 years, and during the majority of that time he has served as the head of Universal Music Group’s Classics and Jazz division. A lifelong supporter of the musical arts, Christopher Roberts sits on The Gilmore’s Artistic Advisory Committee in addition to his work at Universal Music Group, and he participates in the selection of recipients of the organization’s Artist Award.
Piano students enjoyed a special event hosted by the Gilmore this spring - the annual Gilmore KeysFest, held this year on February 20, 2016. The daylong festival is designed to support the musical interest of students in grades 1 to 12. All skill levels are invited to participate. The event is set up like a master class, and each student benefits from one-on-one instruction from professional pianists. The children play before a small audience of supportive students and adults. The public is invited to attend.
Students participating in KeysFest bring their own music selection and prepare it for performance with the help of a teacher, or “clinician.” Among the clinician’s for this year were Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott, Jeanne Hanley Thelen, Dr. Derek Polishchuk, Eric Van De Vort, and Dr. Zhihua Tang. Jeremy Siskind attended the event as a special guest clinician.
Navigating an illustrious career through a tumultuous period in the music industry, Christopher Roberts provided visionary leadership for the world’s largest recording company.