CHRIS ALBANESE is a young tenor and conductor noted for his ability to bring intelligent and spirited musical interpretations to a wide variety of repertoire. Before joining Chanticleer, Chris was a doctoral candidate in Choral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where he also served as director of the University of Cincinnati Men's Chorus, and as chorus master and assistant conductor for CCM opera productions. He has served on the choral faculties of Xavier University and Archbishop McNicholas High School, and has presented clinics and master classes for the Ohio Music Education Association, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, along with numerous high schools and universities in the Midwest. As a soloist, he has appeared most recently with the Cincinnati Bach Festival, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, and under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival. Chris holds a BM in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Dayton, and an MM in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. His most recent teachers include Ken Shaw (voice), Earl Rivers, and Brett Scott (conducting). Outside of music, Chris is a proud uncle, amateur chef, golf enthusiast, and die-hard Cleveland sports fan. This is his first season with Chanticleer.