Instructor of Music


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Instructor of Music
    • Collaborative Pianist
  • Concentration:

    • Voice and Opera
  • Department:

    • Music


Chris Crans is a versatile musician sought after as vocal coach, teacher, pianist, and conductor in opera houses and festivals throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America. His students sing regularly at renowned opera houses such as La Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Arena di Verona. He has collaborated with and coached many artists from the Metropolitan opera. In 2000 Mr. Crans made his Carnegie Hall debut, accompanying Metropolitan Opera soprano, Jennifer Welch-Babidge.

Equally comfortable in opera and theater, Mr. Crans music directs the operas and musicals at Colorado State University since 2019. Before that he had a long tenure at the National Theater in Mannheim Germany as conductor, pianist, and assistant to General Music Director Dan Ettinger. In Germany he conducted many operas ranging from Mozart to Puccini to Prokofiev, and musicals such as the German premier of Avenue Q and Sondheim’s Company. At the National Theater, he had the opportunity to collaborate with such artists as Jonas Kauffmann, Maria Guleghina, Lise Lindstrom, Thomas Hampson, Jose Cura, Olga Peretyatko, and Erwin Schrott. He has been on the music staff at prestigious festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiel, where he served as associate music director for a new production of Le nozze di Figaro, and Castell Peralada (Spain) where he led rehearsals for a new production of Madama Butterfly. In 2020, Chris was chosen by the Paris Opera as associate conductor of a new production of Massenet’s Manon.

Mr. Crans has played recitals with vocalists in 24 of the 50 States as well as Mexico, and has conducted performances at the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Vermont Opera, Indiana University, and the Chamber Ensemble of Utah. He has been on the music staff of the Sarasota Opera, the Pensacola Opera, the Caramoor Festival, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Utah Festival Opera.

Mr. Crans teaches regularly at the Summer Opera in Tel Aviv, Israel, serving as both voice teacher and conductor. There he has conducted gala concerts with the Natanya Kibbutz Orchestra of Israel and led performances of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

Chris holds degrees in piano and conducting from Manhattan School of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.