Our Director, James Knox, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Central Oregon Community College, directs the Cascade Chorale, the College Choir and is the founder of vocal jazz ensemble, Central Singers. In addition to teaching music courses, he is also sought after as a guest clinician locally and throughout the Northwest. Prior to COCC he was the Vocal Jazz Director at Portland State University and the Choral Director at Mt. Hood Community College. Through James’ studies he has had the privilege of working with distinguished conductors and composers from around the world, such as Arvo Pärt, Frieder Bernius, Veljo Tormis, Fred Stoltzfus, Simon Carrington, Joseph Flummerfelt, Morna Edmundson, Yaccov Bergman, Maria Guinand and Vance George. His involvement and love for music is also displayed as a baritone soloist. James’ work included principal role-Guglielmo in W.A Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti PSU Opera Production, guest artist at Seattle, Washington’s Opera Banquet, Metropolitan Opera Guild’s regional finalist. He has been featured with Douglas Webster in the Oregon Symphony’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, and Peace Through Music pieces Dona Nobis Pacem by R.V. Williams, Cantata Misericordium by Benjamin Britten, Faure’s Requiem, Portland’s Baroque Ensemble, portrayed Jesus in the premiere of J.S. Bach’s St. Mark’s Passion, principal role-Cascada in The Merry Widow, and Menotti’s one act opera The Telephone, and he was Pooh-Bah in Obsidian Opera’s Production of The Mikado. In September, 2014, Jim performed the role of Javert at Bend’s Tower Theatre in Les Misérables. March, 2017, as Schaunard in OperaBend’s La Bohème, with the Chorale as the chorus! In 2014, he taught in London in an exchange program at COCC. In the winter and spring terms of 2018, he will be on sabbatical leave in Estonia for the preparation for the annual Song Celebration Festival and will teach at the Conservatory of Vicenza, Italy, and the Miari School of Music in Belluno, Italy.
office phone: 541-383-7512
Fall’17 office hours: Mondays/Wednesdays 9-10 am and 3-4 pm; Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm.
Pence Hall, lower level
Our Guest Director, Christian Clark, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Sam Houston State University in Texas. As a graduate teaching assistant, Christian served as associate musical director and conductor of the Sam Houston Opera, and as assistant conductor of the SHSU Concert Choir and Chorale. During his time at Sam Houston, he particularly enjoyed conducting the operas La Bohéme, La Traviata, and The Tales of Hoffmann. Christian has been honored to work with many treasured choral conductors, including primary teacher and mentor Allen Hightower, Paul Salamunovich, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Before moving to Bend in 2011, Christian enjoyed a successful career in Houston, TX, as director of award winning junior high and high school choirs. During this time, he also performed as a soloist with the Cypress Creek Community Choir, Sam Houston State University Chorale and Symphonic Choir, Montgomery County Choral Society, and Houston Masterworks Chorus in works including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mass in Time of War, Bach’s Cantata No. 140, Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ and Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, Christian performed internationally as a soloist singing works of Mozart and Mendelssohn, among others. Favorite operatic roles include Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan Tutti, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Christian also served for five years as music director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston, and as assistant director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, where he was privileged to prepare choirs for and perform with the Houston Ballet and Orchestra.
Christian will be directing the Chorale while Jim is on sabbatical (Winter and Spring, 2018). He is currently the Music Director of Central Oregon Mastersingers, the Choir Director at Nativity Lutheran Church in Bend, and a founding member of Bend Camerata. When not directing or singing, Christian and his wife Audrey, a fabulous soprano, stay busy raising three young children.