The Biography of 

Christopher Hanson


Christopher Hanson, Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, enjoys performing with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad. Hanson holds three Masters degrees from Texas State University in Music History, Music Theory, and Music Composition. He is currently working on his PhD in School Improvement at Texas State University, with a focus on the history and evolution of fine arts education in public schools. His research on African-American composer Edmond Dédé has afforded him an array of speaking engagements and publishing opportunities and several of his new chamber works for small string and wind ensembles received their debut performances in 2014. As a violinist, Hanson enjoys performing with the Victoria, Mid-Texas, and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras. He also performs as a violinist and vocalist with the string jazz trio “No Strings Attached.” Hanson currently resides in Austin, Texas and works as the orchestra director for San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD). Hanson is the founder and artistic director of the SMART Orchestra, a community-based orchestra created to encourage string education, established in the city of San Marcos in 2009. In the near future, Hanson hopes to continue his success at the podium by seeking more opportunities to study, perform, and teach through string education initiatives.