NYCC Composer Profile

Christopher Sahar

CHRISTOPHER SAHAR is a composer, pianist and organist active in the New York metropolitan area. He holds a B.A. in Literature from Oberlin College and a M.A. in Music from Queens College/CUNY. He has works published by Editions Ferrum Musica based in London and has had premieres of his works in the United States and Greece. Mr. Sahar enjoys forging a mix of compositional styles into his works that are usually guided by an extra-musical drama.

Mr. Sahar has served as church organist at churches throughout the New York-New jersey area and a member of American Guild of Organist.  He teaches piano and composition at community music schools in new York City as well as privately.

Some of the musicians he has collaborated with on compositions have been trombonist Jacob Elkin, pianist Craig Ketter, the gamelan group Yowana Sari based at Queens College?CUNY and members of the two piano, two percussionist group Yarn/Wire.

Outside of music, he has been an administrative assistant at Fortune 500 companies, a recreational music leader, and served  as Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and technical writer for 2012 Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New York City.