Christopher Wemp directs and coaches intergenerational music ensembles at numerous Bay Area churches and offers private lessons to develop music ensemble leaders of the future. Since 2018, he has directed the Diocese of San Jose choral ensemble which performs throughout the diocese’s annual 3,000 California Catholic Ministry Conference. His work in music and choral conducting extends internationally to include El Salvador (where he played piano on national radio), Peru, India, and Kenya, (where he worked with a choir of over 1000 singers). This exposure to different cultures and backgrounds has shaped him into a choral performer and composer who strives to incorporate multicultural influences into his work, to create inclusive and empowering singing environments that intentionally explore how masterworks, from Bach to living composers, can illuminate the human condition and inspire us to live even more fully.
Mr. Wemp earned his Bachelor’s Degree in music (piano, composition, conducting) and earned his Masters Degrees in Education Leadership and Theology at Santa Clara University. Under SCU Choral Arts Director Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir’s direction, Chris served as a sectional rehearsal leader and substitute director for the University’s Chamber Singer rehearsals, and conducted several pieces in his final University concert as a student. He also sang in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Ragnar Bohlin, studied conducting with Mr. Bohlin, and sang with the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Singers ensemble.