Sing In the Season with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Holiday Pops!
Join me December 18-20 as the Arkansas S...
Join me December 18-20 as the Arkansas S...
Hark! is Christine’s Christmas co...
October 17, 2013 Christine opened her 2...
Read about Christine at Classical Matter...
Preview of “I Know My Redeemer L...
Christine’s first cd, Ora Pro Nobi...
“Fatimh’s Aria is very special t...
Photos from a 2013 photo shoot with aet...
“Pie Jesu” from Ora Pro Nobi...
An Aria for Fatimah
Press release – the Bellevi...
Cathedral of Saint Peter | Belleville, I...
Mozart – his smile got broader ...
What’s the score
When did Christine start to study music?
Number of notes she's sung
Cups of coffee a day she drinks
Her middle initial
Her highest note
Her favorite city
Average apps on her iPhone (including children's games)
Lowest note Christine can sing
text is usually based on scripture
English vogue oratorio in 19th C.
earliest surviving Oratorio produced in 1600 B.C.
Oedipus Rex=Stravinsky's opera-oratorio
latin for OPERA
opera singer's hired hands for clapping and booing
many 16th c. oratorios were based on their lives
Beethoven's only opera. Written in deafness & depression
Her favorite composer
Sang at 10th Anniversary Concert at Clinton Presidential Library
Patron saint of musicians
Singing in some of the greatest cathedrals in the world
Singing sacred music in Rome
Literally bringing down the house, St. Columb's Cathedral, Ireland
Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Wagner were all 5ft tall or less
Mozart composed his first opera at age 12
Classically trained as a lyric operatic soprano, Christine Westhoff is one of the leading American artists in the area of oratorio and sacred music, bringing the beauty of sacred music to place all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and the United States.
Crescimbeni, one of the earliest musical writers, wrote: “The oratorio had its origin from San Filippo Neri, who, in his chapel, after sermons and other devotions, in order to allure young people to pious offices, and to detain them from earthly pleasures, had hymns, psalms, and such like prayers sung by one or more voices.”
The 2011 release of her first recording, Ora Pro Nobis, was, for many, an introduction to the beauty of sacred music and Christine is committed deeply to the introduction and reintroduction of these sacred texts to a world that has all but forgotten many of them.
Considered a prodigy by many of her early voice teachers, Christine began her vocal training at the age of 9 and, by the age of 11 was studying and training with various college professors. Since then, Christine has devoted herself to perfecting her art and to breathing new life into the sacred texts of bygone centuries.
Touring the world, Christine has sung in some of the most beautiful sacred spaces on earth, including St. Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry, Ireland, St. George’s Church in Beckenham, South London, England, St. Peter’s Church in St Albans, England, the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Illinois, and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2007, Christine performed a series of acclaimed recitals in the United Kingdom and in October 2013, Christine was invited to perform at the Church of St. Sylvestre al Quirinale in Rome, Italy. She has been featured on Covenant Network, Relevant Radio, and BBC radio.
She has performed as the principal Soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate in Northern Ireland, England, and the United States; Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Faure’s Requiem with members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Faure’s Messe Basse; Malcolm Archer’s Requiem; Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb; Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, Buxtehude’s Magnificat with musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; excerpts from Mozart’s C Minor Mass; Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria in Northern Ireland, England, and the United States, and Timothy Allen’s commissioned piece, Now the Green Blade Riseth.
Christine’s performances in the United States include a Lenten recital based on the Stations of the Cross, a recital based on the Catholic Church’s 2014 Year of Faith, and a Lenten meditations recital. She was the guest artist at the Clinton Presidential Library for the 2011 commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Arkansas Arts Center’s Operatic Gala Night, and the 2012 lighting of the Christmas lights at the Arkansas Capitol Building.
Beyond the scope of the sacred, Christine’s large repertoire includes a full complement of art songs, lieder and arias by such composers as Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Gounod, Handel, Haydn, Richard Strauss, Giancarlo Menotti, Pietro Yon, Kirke Mechem, Schubert, Gluck, and Torelli. She has performed arias by Puccini, Caldara, Gluck, Bononcini, Caldra, Carissimi, Monteverdi, Legrenz, Scarlatti, Mozart, Menotti, Verdi, Gounod, and Rossini. Her stage performances have included the role of Sally in Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge, the familiar role of Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro as well as the refreshing part of Catherine in Jacques Offenbach’s less well-known, The Lantern Marriage. Her portfolio of popular music is equally extensive, embracing beloved songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern, among many others.
Christine is married to British organist and composer, Timothy Allen. The couple has one daughter.
Christine is currently working on a cd of Italian arias entitled Body and Soul as well as filling in her Fall 2016 tour schedule.