“This is a composer to watch; he might just shake things up with a musical trainwreck.” -

New Music Connoisseur

Photograph by Robert Muller

Photograph by Robert Muller

Christopher Auerbach-Brown maintains an active career as composer, having been commissioned by such notable institutions as the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Finger Lakes Music Educators' Association, Parade the Circle, the Music Settlement, and the No Exit ensemble. Musicians and ensembles who have performed his music include the Playground Ensemble (Denver, CO), the Cavani Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, guitarist Jason Vieaux, the Sirius String Quartet (New York, NY), violinist Isabel Trautwein from the Cleveland Orchestra, and clarinetists Laura Sabo (Cincinnati, OH) and Amy Advocat (New York, NY). He is currently composing a work for No Exit’s tenth anniversary celebration in 2019.

He was the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship in 1998, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to “composition students of great promise.” In 2016, Mr. Auerbach-Brown was awarded a prestigious Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Additionally, Mr. Auerbach-Brown is active as a sound artist, curator, performer and conductor. His installation "Boundaries" was presented at SPACES Gallery in November 2011, and he curated a sound art exhibition titled Apopheny-Epiphany at SPACES in May 2014. He plays alto saxophone, musical saw, udu, melodica, kitchen sink, and throat sings in the chamber collective Trepanning Trio. Auerbach-Brown moonlights as a performer of noise and experimental music; collaborative shows include teaming up with Bbob Drake at SPACES Gallery in July 2015.

Currently, Mr. Auerbach-Brown is the Director of Public Programs at the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where he oversees a wide variety of music, arts, and nature-focused programming initiatives. He is a member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild and is published by the American Composers’ Alliance.

He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, son, daughter and cat who acts like a guard dog.