Chris Foss, bass

Music & Media Librarian – Staff Composer Member since 2008
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
MM Choral Conducting, University of Nebraska
BM Commercial Music, Millikin University

Chris grew up in southwest Iowa and graduated from Millikin University with a BM in Commercial Music. After a short two years at the University of Nebraska directing the Vocal Jazz program and earning his MM in Choral Conducting, Chris relocated to the Twin Cities and has been proud to be a part of Cantus since then. Recent appearances with other professional vocal groups include: Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Four Shadow, Omaha Chamber Music Series, Chapter 6, Voices of Omaha, Dulces Voces and Home Free. Chris also teaches as a part of the voice faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul.

10 Questions for Chris:

1. When did you know you wanted to sing professionally?

I knew the instant that I got the phone call saying I was hired by Cantus that someday I would become a professional singer.

2. If you could commission any composer for Cantus (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?

I think I’d commission Hildegard von Bingen, not only because of the perseverance, but also because of the amazing compositional voice and interdisciplinary knowledge.

3. What country would you most like to visit with Cantus and why? 

I’m not sure if it’s a country exactly, but I think touring Antarctica with Cantus would be pretty sweet. Cause you know, I was into Antarctica BEFORE it was cool, and that was, like, millions of years ago.

4. If you stumbled across a time machine, which decade would you visit and why?

If I stumbled across a time machine, I think I would almost exclusively visit the future decades… depending on whichever timeline theory you subscribe to, most likely we already know what happened (-s?) in the past. The future would be way more exciting! Plus, one can only assume there will be more lasers.

5. What is your favorite hobby outside of singing?

They’re not really a hobby, but sometimes it feels like managing our two dogs is an art form in and of itself.

6. If you could hang out with any celebrity (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?

I’d probably try to hang out with Sarah Silverman, but most likely it would be too boring to elicit any interesting stories or anecdotes.

7. What is your most played album in your iTunes library?

I’d say my most played album is Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid.

8. You’re stranded on an island – which three books or movies do you bring for entertainment?

3 books?  The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace… I’d bring three books, because movies would be useless without a movie player (and there’s probably no unlimited source of power to run the player anyway).

9. What do you want people to know about Cantus?

I want people to know that, as a company, we could probably go head-to-head with any other company in a per-capita donut-eating contest.

10. Share with us one of your greatest days ever.

Well, my wife and I just got back from our honeymoon in August… so I’ll just say that it involves fantastic food, art, walking, wine, and discretion.