Dr. Christopher Luther
Assistant Professor of Music, Viola
Christopher Luther has established himself as a uniquely gifted performer and teacher through his diverse musical background and uncanny ability to reach and inspire youth.
As a violist, Luther’s primary instructors were Donald McInnes Roger Myers. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas with a recruitment scholarship and the String Teaching Assistant appointment.
He received his Masters Degree from the Thornton School of Music at USC in violin performance under the tutelage of Eudice Shapiro and Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the LA Phil.
Dr. Luther began his performance career at the age of eight, fiddling at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Since then, he has continued his diverse musical training with an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and Jazz studies from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
In Los Angeles Luther has played in soundtracks with a few on-screen performances, most notably in The Soloist. He collaborated with artists including Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Ruben Studdard, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Nancy Wilson, Richard Green and many others including a performance on the Jay Leno Show with Sarah Barrielles.
In addition to teaching viola, chamber music, and string pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, Luther added Alternative Styles to the string curriculum, making it one of few schools in the nation to offer such program diversity. Luther is the founder and director of the annual Colorado Viola Celebration, held at UNC.
Luther is faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival, and Pepperdine University’s summer music program in Heidelberg, Germany. He is the co-founder and co-director of Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, now entering its 17th season.