Cristian Larios (b. 1996) is a composer, conductor, and educator from Joliet, IL. He currently serves as choir director at Plainfield North High School. His works range from chamber music to larger choral works. Through his music, he hopes to empower the performers and provide the listener with a new perspective on the human experience.
His music has been performed by the Illinois State Madrigals, No-Name Chorale, SWIC Chamber Singers, Tonality, and has been featured at the REDNote New Music Festival. In 2019, Cristian was accepted as a fellow for the PREMIERE|Project Festival in collaboration with Choral Arts Initiative. Larios has also collaborated with the School of Theatre and Dance and Kristin Schoenback on Ellen Mclaughin’s, Oedipus. Cristian enjoys the collaborative process and is always looking for new adventures and challenges.
In 2017, Larios was the recipient of the Harlan Peithman Music Scholarship for excellence in music theory and composition as well as the Illinois Minority Teachers Scholarship in 2018. Larios graduated with his Bachelors of Music Education-Choral and his Bachelors of Music in Composition from Illinois State University where he studied composition with Martha Horst, Roger Zare, Roy Magnuson, Joshua Keeling, and Carl Schimmel. Cristian is currently pursuing his Masters of Music Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
He is avid supporter of flannel, flowers, and the sparkle emoji.
American Choral Directors Association
Illinois Music Educators Association
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Illinois Education Association