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Christopher ParaChristopher Para is Associate Professor of Music and conductor of the University Orchestra at Bucknell University. A musician with a multifaceted career, Mr. Para has appeared as a conductor, viola recitalist, and teacher throughout North America and Europe. His recent guest conducting appearances include the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra of London, The Hradec Králové Philharmonic and the Marienbad Symphony of the Czech Republic, and the Borgas Philharmonic of Bulgaria.

An ardent supporter of music education, Christopher Para has conducted educational festival orchestras across the United States and in England. A former faculty member of England's famous ProCorda program for chamber music and string orchestra, he has recently conducted major festivals in the metropolitan areas of Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Mr. Para completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in viola performance at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, and has pursued additional studies in conducting at the Guildhall School of Music, England's most prestigious conservatory. An alumnus of the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors and the Aspen Music Festival Conducting Program, he was one of five young conductors selected to participate in the 1991 Pierre Boulez International Conducting Master Class. Symphonic Workshops International awarded him the 1995 Marienbad Conductor's Prize in recognition of his conducting art. He was honored in 2001 by being named The Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association's Orchestra Conductor of the Year.