Chris Pratorius Gómez is a composer and music educator based in Santa Cruz, California. He has written operas, a harp concerto, two orchestral works and many pieces for solo voice, choir, chamber ensembles and electronic media that have been performed in San Francisco, Istanbul, New York, Guatemala and other spots around the world.
In 2018 he collaborated with Quinteto Latino as artist-in-residence working in East Palo Alto schools, composing music for beginning music students to perform with this professional wind quintet, and working in the classrooms to bring these pieces to life. Later in the year he returned as composer-in-residence for Quinteto Latino’s first Seminario Institute, penning a triple wind quintet titled Cumbia del Quinceañero.
As composer-in-residence for Opera Parallèle Chris wrote a trio of children's operas for their Hands-on-Opera educational program. Xochitl and the Flowers, the third of these, will see a revival in May 2019. Collaborations with Santa Cruz Chamber Players and Wild Rumpus round out the 2018-19 season.
Notable past projects include Claroscuro en Flor, a 25 minute concerto for harp and chamber orchestra commissioned by the American Harp Society and San José Chamber Orchestra, which saw its premiere in 2013 under the baton of Barbara Day Turner; the guitar sonata Ondas do Mar de Vigo, which can be found on Mesut Özgen's CD Troubadour; the chamber concerto Untogether, not Apart, premiered by New Music Works in 2014; a fresh setting of Pablo Neruda’s Poema XX, commissioned by Nicole Paiement for the BluePrint project; Contraponientes, a choral song-cycle based on poetry by Federico García Lorca commissioned by Ariose Singers and Being of One’s Hour, commissioned by Robert Kelley for Santa Cruz Ballet Theater.
Chris teaches theory, history, composition and piano at UC Santa Cruz and at Cal State Monterey Bay. He does the pre-concert talks for Santa Cruz Symphony at the Mello Center, accompanies classes for The Studio, School of Classical Ballet and maintains a private composition studio.