Christian Humcke is a composer, pianist, conductor, organist, and trombonist whose eclectic fascinations in religion, nature, poetry, and Nordic and Baltic languages distinguish him as a musician of exceptional uniqueness. His knowledge of classical, jazz, and improvisational techniques is reflected in his compositions, which are rife with lush harmonies and refreshing colors.
His works have been performed across the country and internationally. Recently, several of his choral pieces have been performed by the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Choir in Baltimore, MD. He has written music for several combinations of brass instruments, most recently, a trombone quartet entitled Shred. He also composed a piece for the Omnibus Ensemble, who are based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He was librettist, composer, conductor, pianist, and organist for his two-act chamber opera Cajuum Jaa Amajiis, which featured the Bucknell Opera Company and was premiered at Bucknell University in April of 2015.
Over the past two years, he transcribed and edited Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff’s 1777 monodrama Proserpina in collaboration with musicologist Annie J. Randall. Proserpina was performed by the New York Baroque Incorporated Ensemble on October 14, 2016 at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts for the first time since its premiere in 1778.
He currently serves as Organist and Music Director for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport, PA. He is also the accompanist for the Williamsport Civic Chorus and a piano instructor at the Robert M. Sides music store.
He recently earned his Master of Music in Composition from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Oscar Bettison, and before that attended Bucknell University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition, studying with Joseph Eidson and Paul Botelho.