Chris Evan Hass (b. 1993) is a composer and conductor hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chris’ music has been performed across the United States and has received international recognition with performances in China, Taiwan, Thailand, and New Zealand. His music has been performed by ensembles including the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, and the Third Coast Trombone Choir. He’s also had pieces featured at new music festivals including Indiana State University’s Contemporary Music Festival, New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music Festival, and Society for Composers, Inc. Conferences. His saxophone quartets have been performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Thailand Saxophone Day, and the US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.
Recently, Chris was announced as the winner of Central Michigan University’s Choral Composition Competition with his piece “Hiraeth”. Chris’ piece “Vanquish” was also selected as one of the winners of the Cypress Symphonic Band Call for Scores as part of their “Monsters, Myths, Legends, and Heroes” series. Additionally, Chris won Donald Sinta Quartet’s Annual Call for Scores in 2017 with his piece “Volcanic Ash”, after being selected as a runner-up the year prior.
Chris holds degrees in Composition from Central Michigan University (M.M.) and Western Michigan University (B.M.). His primary teachers include Dr. Evan Ware, Dr. David Gillingham, Dr. Christopher Biggs, and Dr. Lisa Coons.