Chris Larson is a professor of musical theatre voice at the University of South Dakota where he teaches voice lessons, does coach accompanying, and music directs musicals. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Collaborative Piano from USD. Chris also teaches private piano, voice, organ, sax, and clarinet lessons in Vermillion, and enjoys spending time during the summers conducting and accompanying the South Dakota Girls State Chorus and playing woodwinds, percussion, or keyboard for the Vermillion Community Theatre.
Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, Chris taught band for grades 5 through 12 and high school choir in Scotland, South Dakota, and high school band in Sioux Center, Iowa. In his free time, he enjoys tending to too many plants and flowers, playing with his cat, Roxy, and composing. Most recently, he wrote the music for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s performance of Twelfth Night this past summer.
Playing for churches began in 1999 at Chris’s hometown Methodist church. He has also played for various other denominations including Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, and UCC. While teaching in Scotland, he sang with their Trinity Lutheran choir. He is looking forward to transitioning to Our Savior’s from the Vermillion First United Methodist Church where he’s served as the music director and organist since 2010, and is excited to meet everyone at OSL and be a part of the worship experience.