Christopher Phalen

  • Director of Choral Activities
  • Assistant Professor of Music

Christopher Phalen has served as Director of Choral Activities at BVU since 2021. In addition to leading choirs at BVU, he serves as head of the voice division, giving private and class vocal instruction to both music majors and non-majors. His teaching and scholarship center on innovative choral pedagogy, particularly in the area of music literacy and group vocal health.

Phalen’s choral literature interests focus on music of the Baroque Era and also that of modern composers. Phalen has conducted ensembles of all ages, including over eight years of experience at the collegiate level—conducting glee clubs, chamber choirs, mixed chorales, and other choral ensembles, and over a decade of experience as a private studio teacher. At BVU, he also serves as the principal organizer of the Doris Grau Performing Arts Series which brings guest artists of international renown to campus for community performances and educational outreach activities. In addition to his work at BVU, Phalen is an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.

An avid traveler and performer, Phalen has led choral ensembles on both domestic and international performance tours including to New York City, the Southeastern United States, the Midwest, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and France. Phalen brings not only all of this knowledge and experience, but also a contagious energy and deep passion for vocal music to BVU.


Concert Choir, Vista Chamber Singers, Class Voice, Applied Voice Lessons, Senior Recitals, Music Appreciation, Methods of Performing Arts, Choral Conducting

Christopher Phalen