Christopher Layer

bagpipes, flute

Christopher is the Director of the New Harmony (IN) Music Festival and School he founded in 2011. He has also taught flute and pipes, at Feis Na Gael in the Scottish Hebrides, at The Augusta National Heritage Center, The Hamish Moore School of Piping, and in countless workshops at music festivals around the world. Chris has toured four continents with the Trinity Irish Dance Company as their principal pipe soloist and flautist since 2001. Christopher is from a musical family—his father is traditional fiddle great, Edwin Layer, and his mother, soprano Dolores Layer. Chris played his first professional engagement at 11 and has gone on to a successful career in traditional and classical music at home and abroad. From 2003-15, he was the Artist-in-Residence for the Moab Music Festival, and helped found the Moab Community Dance Band. Recently, Chris performed his arrangements of original and traditional music on stage in the New York Theater’s production of Twelfth Night for Shakespeare In The Park in New York City. He has performed, and recorded with many talents in traditional, classical and modern music. In 2014 and 2015, Chris was a member of the orchestra for Sting’s Broadway musical, The Last Ship.