Christopher Houlihan was appointed to the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2017, succeeding his former teacher John Rose. He was previously artist-in-residence at Trinity and director of music and organist at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan. In addition to his studies at Trinity College, he studied with Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School, where he earned a master's degree, and with Jean-Baptiste Robin at the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles. In 2015 he was selected as one of The Diapason's “20 Under 30,” a list of leaders in the organ world. He made his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices in 2012.
Mr. Houlihan’s performances with orchestra include Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Hartford Symphony; Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the festival orchestra at the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford; Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 and Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Columbus Symphony; and Robert Edward Smith’s Organ Concerto with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland, and San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. In 2018, he was a featured recitalist for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in Kansas City, MO, and he presented six all-Bach lecture-recitals at the Bay Chamber Concerts Summer Series in Camden, ME.
In 2017, Mr. Houlihan presented the world premiere of Hannah Lash’s Ludus (written specifically for Mr. Houlihan) at the AGO Southeast Regional Convention in Jacksonville, FL. In 2014, he performed at WQXR's All-Day Bach Organ Marathon in New York City, which was webcast live. His Vierne 2012 tour saw his performances of the six organ symphonies of Vierne in six major North American cities.
In 2017 Mr. Houlihan released Christopher Houlihan plays Bach (Azica), recorded at Trinity College. His other recordings include releases of music by Duruflé and Alain, and Vierne’s Second Symphony, both on Towerhill Records.