Christopher Layer

bagpipes, flute

Christopher Layer is the Director of the New Harmony (IN) Music Festival and School which he founded in 2011. He has taught flute and pipes at Feis Na Gael in the Scottish Hebrides, the Augusta National Heritage Center, the Hamish Moore School of Piping, and in countless workshops at music festivals around the world. Christopher has toured four continents with the Trinity Irish Dance Company as their principal pipe soloist and flautist. Christopher is from a musical family—his father is traditional fiddle great, Edwin Layer, and his mother is soprano Dolores Layer. He 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 served as the Artist-in-Residence for the Moab Music Festival, and helped found the Moab Community Dance Band. Recently, Christopher 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. He has performed and recorded with many talents in traditional, classical and modern music. In 2014 and 2015, Christopher was a member of the orchestra for Sting’s Broadway musical, The Last Ship.