Pianist & Organist
Christopher-Joel Carter is an organist and pianist of infinite versatility, and is a master of multifarious genres. His certain virtuosic, provocative, and diverse keyboard craftsmanship has sent him around the world and has made him a favorite among local audiences, and many celebrities alike.
In 2008 Christopher- Joel won first place in the Liberace Piano Competition, and he is the reigning champion. Formerly a regular in the Las Vegas music scene, he has performed there as the headlining pianist at the M Resort, and as guest artist at many other casino/hotels. He has shared the billboard with Natalie Cole, Alan Jackson, ABC, Wang Chung, Marie Osmond, Cutting Crew, among myriad others.
In 2013, Christopher made his collaborative debut with flutist Jeremy Benson at Carnegie Hall sharing the music of elusive Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi, and Cesar Franck. His expertise of the flute repertoire has brought about many collaborations with some of the world’s virtuoso flutists, in concert, festival, and institution
His knowledge of liturgical music, the ancient, and new, have made him invaluable treasure to the world of sacred music. His expertise and critical analyzation of church music traditions, specifically southern sacred music traditions, render him in demand as a consultant in liturgical and civic institutions. He is the principal organist and pianist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, a position he began in 2016. There, he oversees the beautiful Moller pipe organ, and the Baldwin Concert Grand Piano. At Trinity, he is the founder of the very popular and regarded Trinity Keyboard Series, a concert series of seasonal performances and collaborations featuring Christopher’s unique style of entertainment, and his talented friends.
As a choral accompanist, he was at the age of fifteen an Alabama All-State Accompanist, and subsequently three years continuously. Since his youth, he has been involved professionally as a choral collaborator, and still is sought after for such skill, culminating in forty to fifty choral collaborations a year. His choral and vocal alliances have lead him to working with some of the world’s leading choral music pioneers.
In scholarly work and research, most interestingly, he acted as a consultant to composer Jake Dickerson in the first in-depth project/dissertation on the music and theoretical processes of Fred Rogers’ (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) over 400 compositions.
As a composer, Christopher has written and arranged several pieces for voices and instrumental ensembles. Compositions of Carter’s have been premiered at Carnegie Hall and the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. An experienced researcher and empiricist of esoteric and biographical keyboardist matters, issues, and musicians, he is sought after often for his vast library of scores, and chapters of the rare. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is past dean of the Greater Huntsville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Always an adventurous programmer of interesting and less-visited repertoire, he always remains an innovator of arranging, Christopher’s music and performances are meant to firstly entertain, then to enlighten, and to make people smile. Every performance be it sacred or profane is tinged with wit and color. At the highest, joy and merriment are what audiences around the world have taken away from Carter’s performances.
When not in the spheres of the musical arts, Christopher enjoys travel, contemporary art, collecting art, obsessing over everything New Orleans, collecting cookbooks, and riding the bicycle. He is the proud father of the most beautiful English Bulldog, Mo’Sadies van Cartier.