Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. As a child he began to compose music before he’d even learned to play an instrument by placing pieces of tape on the keys of his mother’s piano on which he’d written ciphers of his own devising. In high school he took up the electric guitar and bass and played in several bands.
He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of
Mt. St. Joseph followed by a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the
University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where
he also took composition
courses with Michael Fiday and Robert Denham. He recently completed his doctorate in Early Music Performance at
the Eastman School of Music, where his advisor was the renowned lutenist, Paul O'Dette.
Currently, Dr. Wilke teaches at Nazareth College in Rochster, NY. Formerly, he headed guitar studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY and Marshall University in Huntington, WV. In addition to teaching many private lessons and coaching guitar ensemble, Wilke also founded an Early Music Ensemble and a large Guitar Orchestra. He taught classes in other music related subjects as well. Several of his compositions have been published by Les Productions d'Oz in Montreal.