Independent composer, sound, and graphic designer, Christopher Preissing has written for a variety of instruments, combined media and performance arts. He is completing his dissertation from the University of Illinois at Urbana on "Intermedial Relationships Among Component Arts in Combined Art Works." His principle composition studies were with Herbert Br?n, Salvatore Martirano, William Brooks and Scott Wyatt. Previously he was visiting lecturer at Indiana University at South Bend and is a former composer-in-residence at Beloit College.
Christopher is the founder and director of Is Performance Group, non- profit arts organization dedicated to the production of works which promote collaboration among artists and performers in different disciplines. He has received awards and commissions from the Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, American Composers Forum, Ruthmere Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, Michiana Arts and Sciences Council, and ASCAP. Christopher has been a Guest Composer at Beloit College and The Latin American Music Center at Indiana University, and Associate Artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been featured at SEAMUS National Conferences, SCI National and Regional Conferences, DISCOVERIES XXXI, International Electronic Music Plus Festival, Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, BONK Festival of New Music and has been performed throughout the US, Great Britain, and Latin America. Christopher is currently working on a chamber opera, "Thunder, Perfect Mind." Christopher is also the president of the Chicago Composers Forum.