S. Christian Collins grew up in central Wisconsin. He began taking piano lessons at the age of four and has been composing since he was six. As a youth, Chris won numerous awards for both performance and composition, including first place in the WMTA annual piano and composition competitions and sixth placing in an international music composition contest hosted by Creative Labs, Inc., an industry leader in computer audio production.
After graduating from a home-schooled environment, Chris received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2001 and then went on to complete his Master’s degree in the same field at the University of Minnesota where he studied piano with Alexander Braginsky, pedagogy with Dr. Rebecca Shockley, and composition with world-renowned composer Judith Lang Zaimont.
Chris has composed music for many different instruments from piano to full symphony orchestra (incl. a full-length ballet). He also has experience in electronic music production and currently works as a virtual instrument designer for the music software company Acoustica. This technical background allows Chris to introduce modern compositional techniques to his students, and his extensive background in composition, improvisation and electronic music creation provides a solid resource for burgeoning young composers, whether they want to write simple piano pieces or produce their own record.
Chris has been a teacher at Rhapsody since 2003. In addition to private music instruction, Chris also coaches the School of Rock bands that run yearly at Rhapsody.
As a piano teacher, Chris helps students to have:
As a composition teacher, Chris helps students to have:
Sky Runner, by S. Christian Collins
Nocturne, by S. Christian Collins