Christopher LaRosa (b. 1990) is an American composer and instructor.
LaRosa is currently (2018) pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he serves as an associate instructor for the theory department. He has studied electronic music creation and critique at IRCAM in Paris. LaRosa earned a master’s degree from Boston University, and completed his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College in 2012. He has studied with Claude Baker, John Gibson, Jeffrey Hass, P.Q. Phan, John Wallace, and Dana Wilson.
LaRosa’s music displays a fascination for temporal perception, human aggression and compassion, natural phenomena, and technological advancements. His music has been described as “deftly crafted” by the Boston Classical Review and “charismatic, well scored, and positively received” by the Hartford Courant. His experience in the electronic music studio permeates his acoustic compositions, where texture, timbre, and spatialization gain equal footing with melody, harmony, and counterpoint. LaRosa has received commissions from the American Guild of Organists, Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia by ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, United States Marine Band, Boston New Music Initiative, CEPROMUSIC, Genesis Chamber Singers, and NOTUS. His electronic music has received performances at Electronic Music Midwest, Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and the Seoul International Computer Music Festival.
Works for Winds
- Black Diamond Heist (2015)
- Fanfare for the Hartford Woman (2015)
- Magellan's Quest (2009)
- silhouettes (2016)
- Christopher LaRosa, personal correspondence, March 2018
- Christopher LaRosa website Accessed 31 March 2018