Christopher H. Gibbs is James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music at Bard College, Co-Artistic Director of the Bard Music Festival, and Executive Editor of The Musical Quarterly.Born and raised in New York City, he attended Friends Seminary, was an undergraduate at Haverford College, and earned his MA and PhD from Columbia University.Gibbs edited The Cambridge Companion to Schubert (Cambridge University Press, 1997), and is the author of The Life of Schubert (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which has been translated into five languages. He is co-editor, with Dana Gooley, of Franz Liszt and His World (Princeton University Press, 2006) and, with Morten Solvik, of Franz Schubert and His World (Princeton University Press, 2014). He co-authored, with Richard Taruskin, The Oxford History of Western Music, College Edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).Gibbs is a recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and was a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies in 1999-2000. He has written for many scholarly and general interest publications, including 19th-Century Music, Schubert durch die Brille, Current Musicology, The Opera Quarterly, Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has contributed to numerous anthologies and reference works, including the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. As a program annotator and lecturer, Gibbs works with many of the country’s leading musical institutions. He was the musicological director for the final three years of the acclaimed Schubertiade at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and served as musicological adviser for the bicentennial Schubert Festival at Carnegie Hall.For the past fifteen seasons, he has written the program notes for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He gives frequent pre-concert lectures for that orchestra, as well as for the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Great Performers” at Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y, and other institutions.
Chautauqua Connections: Lifelong Chautauquan
Christopher Gibbs flunked out of Boys and Girls Club at age 14, in 1972, and started working as an apprentice photographer for the Chautauquan Daily. He eventually became chief photographer and a music critic for the paper (1974-83). During his teens he was often a supernumerary in Chautauqua Opera productions and played the Prince in The King and I. For many years he studied piano and conducting with Walter Hendl. From 1998 to 2006 he served on the Board of Trustees, where he chaired the program committee.