Professor, Florence J. Gillmor Music
Christopher Quinn arrived at Westminster College in the summer of 1994, and he was both blessed and cursed with the job of creating a music program out of next to nothing. It is impossible to overstate how perfect a match Chris was for the challenge he faced. Being a natural visionary with an infectious love for his art, he quickly and creatively amassed available resources—including talented local musicians—and ignited a campus music scene that, through his leadership, has grown steadily in size and influence ever since.
As director of music from the beginning and department chair for many years, Chris took the leading role in the creation of a legitimate music minor and three different music majors. He has regularly taught a variety of theory and aural skills courses, and formed and directed two choirs—one, the Chamber Singers, achieving a degree of excellence leading to performances in China; England; Ireland; France; Scotland; Spain; Wales; Washington, DC; Carnegie Hall, and dozens of venues in Utah and elsewhere in the western United States. During the first of his productive sabbaticals, Chris prepared a unique solo piano recital featuring virtuoso arrangements of popular tunes by his mentor Ken Manzer, the performance of which baptized, if you will, the brand new Vieve Gore Concert Hall in October of 2004.
In addition to earning the respect and love of students, colleagues, and audiences, Chris has formed associations and friendships with many music-loving, Westminster-connected members of the community, a few of whom have made contributions so massive as to benefit the theatre, dance, and art programs in addition to the music program. It is difficult to imagine Westminster without Chris, and those who have known and worked with him wouldn’t want to try.
In what little spare time he allows himself, Chris likes to travel, watch good movies, eat world-class lobster, drink fine wine, and spend time with his family. He also likes to play the piano in solitude for the best of all possible reasons: enjoyment and self-renewal.