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Christopher Conrad Tew ‘69 realized his passion for concert music when he began taking viola lessons from Mrs. Lucy Still while a student at Aycock Junior High School in Greensboro. A tuition student from McLeansville, he found close friendships with other student musicians in school orchestras at Aycock and then Page High School.
Christopher participated in numerous performance opportunities in the Greensboro public schools, all-state orchestras, Governors School, and, most rewardingly, the Summer String Institute founded by Mr. George Dickieson at UNCG where he first studied music theory with Dr. Harold Luce.
His support for public education, including the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts, is rooted in his deep appreciation for the opportunities and benefits he received, including his graduation from UNCG in 1969.
Christopher began composing while at Aycock, and was able to hear those early works performed there, at Page, and at the Governor’s School. While at UNCG, his compositions were the first student works performed by the UNCG Sinfonia and Symphony. His music was subsequently performed by the Salisbury and Hickory Symphonies and the NCSU Orchestra.
In the fifty years since graduation, Christopher has composed concert music for school, community, and professional orchestras. He has received commissions from groups as diverse as Louisville’s Jewish Community Center and Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School, as well as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee.
His works have been performed by professional orchestras from Livonia, Michigan to Lake Charles, Louisiana and West Hartford, Connecticut to Lone Tree, Colorado, and at a music festival in Lviv, Ukraine. The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia has recorded two CDs, including most of the works in tonight’s program.