Chris Neiner composes music infused with a rich sense of harmony, clarity of ideas, and energy described as engaging, exciting, and fresh. These qualities originate from his passion to foster collaborative works with instrumentalists. His latest collaboration is Playtime, a new work for horn, violin, and piano commissioned by a consortium of collegiate horn professors across the United States. Previous collaborations include New Music for Horns, a multidisciplinary project that facilitated music making between hornists, composers, conductors, and recording artists studying at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
His works have appeared on programs by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, the American Modern Ensemble, loadbang, the Red Hedgehog Trio, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Cochran Chamber Commissioning Project, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music, and more.
Neiner is currently pursuing a master's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Keith Fitch. Previously he studied composition and horn performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with composers Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, P. Q. Phan, Don Freund, and hornist Richard Seraphinoff. He is an alumnus of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, RED NOTE New Music Festival, Mostly Modern Festival, and New Music on the Point Festival.
Chris serves as Composer-in-residence as well as Associate Director of Music in the circle.