Chris Cresswell


Communications & Teaching Artist

Click to view Distorted Mirror, a film by Jessica Schreindl with choreography by Becky Richardson and music by Chris Cresswell.

Praised as a “versatile and prolific composer” (Syracuse Post-Standard), with music of “ever-changing colors and textures”, Chris Cresswell (b. 1988) is an internationally performed composer, sound artist, guitarist, educator and arts advocate. He has received awards and commissions from the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation for New Music, the National Band Association, Wild Rumpus New Music Collective, the Society for New Music, Sar-Shalom Strong, the Steve Weiss Percussion Ensemble, the Renee Crown Honors Program, and the Setnor School of Music, among others. 

This past summer Music Ascension launched a new summer music program at Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods family of camps, where Cresswell co-developed curriculum and served as a teaching artist and recording studio director. The first year of the program saw camper-lead creation of nearly 50 songs, the release of their first CD, My Second Home, and performances throughout the summer. He has worked as an instructor and teaching assistant with the Society for New Music and Syracuse University, respectively. In 2013, Cresswell taught masterclasses at Lafayette College and Syracuse University, the latter with Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Stephen Dunn. From 2011 to 2014 he was a member of the promotion team at Boosey & Hawkes, working regularly with today’s leading composers and arts organizations. He continues to serve on the board of the Society for New Music and freelances as an arts administrator for emerging new music organizations. 

Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition, Cresswell has studied with Donald Bohlen, James O. Welsch, Andrew Waggoner, Gregory Mertl, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Zibuokle Martinaityte. In addition to composition, he has studied tuba with Raymond Stewart, Michael Coldren, and William Harris, conducting with James O. Welsch, and classical guitar with Kenneth Meyer. He currently lives in Syracuse, NY. He will begin pursuing his MMus in Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2015.