Christopher Palestrant

EDUCATION: BA, College of Wooster (1985-1990) MA, New York University (1990-1991) MM, Peabody Conservatory (1995-1998) DMA, Peabody Conservatory (1998-2001) BIO: An accomplished composer, Christopher Palestrant's works and arrangements have been performed from New York City to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and throughout the United States. Prizes and awards include the Third Biennial Michael Hennagin Prize, the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers’ Competition and the Randolph S. Rothschild prize in composition. His music and writings have also been selected for presentation for the College Music Society national conferences, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Intercollegiate Music Association. Chris’ compositions include the orchestral works The Wind in His Mane, Caligula and Festival Hebridean as well as numerous chamber pieces, choral music and one-act operas. Dr. Palestrant also performs on solo keyboard regularly throughout the area and with the award-winning blues band, Uphill. His primary teachers in the composition include Nicholas Maw, Morris Cotel, Tom Benjamin, Jack Gallagher, and Adolphus Hailstork, and master classes with John Corigliano, George Rochberg, Samuel Adler and John Maxwell Geddes.

There are 29 included publications by Christopher Palestrant :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Big Easy 2009 41 Big Easy from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Carolina Bound 2016 20 Carolina Bound from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
Cock of the Walk 2016 12 Cock of the Walk from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
Drop Top 2009 16 Drop Top from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Flip, Flop and Fly 2009 19 Flip, Flop, and Fly from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Help Me 2009 13 Help Me from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Hot Rod Lincoln 2009 12 Hot Rod Lincoln from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Is There a Drummer in the House 2016 14 Is There a Drummer in the House from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
Killin' Floor 2009 40 Killin' Floor from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
The Legend of the One Honest Man 2009 17 The Legend of the One Honest Man from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Miner Swang 2009 20 Miner Swang from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
My Time (Might Be Over) 2009 10 My Time (Might Be Over) from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
New Year's Blues 2016 15 New Year's Blues from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
Nightlife 2009 11 Nightlife from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
One More Mile 2009 13 One More Mile from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Port of Freedom 2020 60 The Tidewater Winds, a professional 52-piece concert band, perform Christopher Palestrant's "Port of Freedom." Notes by the composer: "Following a performance of my previous score for the Tidewater Winds, The Tidewater March, a retired sailor who ha...
Quintet Outbreak 2023 47 Composition for woodwind instruments: FluteOboe, English horn, Eb and Bass clarinets, French horn, and Bassoon
Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu 2009 48 Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
Speed Train Blues 2009 14 Speed Train Blues from the album Blues and Mojo by music group Uphill.
St. James Infirmary 2016 13 St. James Infirmary from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
Stages 2015 41 Christopher Palestrant: "Stages." Performance by Les Amies harmoniques: Ellye Walsh, flute; Ericka Patillo, harp; Renée McBride, piano. United Church of Chapel Hill concert series. Notes by the composer: The life of a director is complicated: alway...
Swampland Boogie 2016 17 Swampland Boogie from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
The Tilted Moonlight 2019 201 This is a composition written as part of a term project in Dr. Palestrant’s Form and Analysis class.
The Town Waltzes 2015 40 Christopher Palestrant: "The Town Waltzes" from The Cotillion Suite. Performance by Jaci Wilkinson, cello and Renée McBride, piano. United Church of Chapel Hill concert series.Notes by the composer: "The Town Waltzes" is the first of a group of thre...
Uphill-Carolina Bound on TOL 2016 9 Uphill-Carolina Bound on TOL
Uphill-Way Down in the Hole on TOL 2016 7 Uphill-Way Down in the Hole on TOL
Veteran Chronicles Trailer 2019 531 North Carolina African-American Veterans Lineage Day. Henri A.Legende, Larry Hall, Charles Stevens and John R. Thompson “The Veteran Chronicles.” Filmed on location at The North Caroline Museum of History. Executive Producer: Sharon Raynor; Director:...
Way Down in the Hole 2016 18 Way Down in the Hole from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.
You Don't Know Who I Am 2016 11 You Don't Know Who I Am from the album Carolina Swampland Blues by music group Uphill.