Primary Discipline(s):

  • Piano

    Secondary Discipline(s):

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Winds/Brass

Education - Studies

  • DMus (Accompanying and Chamber Music), University of Rochester
  • MMus (Accompanying and Chamber Music), University of Rochester
  • BMus (General Music, Piano Concentration), The University of British Columbia


  • The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, ON
  • The Vancouver Academy of Music, Vancouver, BC
  • The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Professional Activities

Dr. Christopher Foley teaches piano to students of a variety of ages and ability levels, from beginner to professional. He created and teaches the collaborative piano class at The Royal Conservatory School. He also coaches professional singers, specializing in the field of contemporary opera.

Dr. Foley studied with Jean Barr and David Burge at the Eastman School of Music and with Robert Rogers and Rena Sharon at The University of British Columbia.

At the Eastman School of Music and the Vancouver International Song Institute, he gave workshops on the creation and curation of the Collaborative Piano Blog.

Dr. Foley has adjudicated at music festivals in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Windsor, Hamilton, and Toronto, as well as for Contemporary Showcase in Mississauga.

Some of the many venues at which he has performed include the faculty concert series at the Eastman School of Music, The University of Western Ontario, the Cleveland State Composers’ Forum, the Vancouver International New Music Festival, April in Santa Cruz, Toronto Arts Week, Word on the Street, Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, Algoma Fall Festival, and the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. His recording of Abigail Richardson's dissolve with Ryan Scott and Sanya Eng was awarded first prize in the under-thirty division of the 2004 International Rostrum of Composers and was broadcast over 100 times throughout Europe and North America in the 2004-2005 season. Dr. Foley has recently appeared as pianist and coach for the singers featured on the Bravo! Canada reality show "Bathroom Divas."

In October 2012 he provided colour commentary for CBC's webcast of the Honens International Piano Competition. In 2010 Christopher was the first Leadership Legacy Intern at Tapestry New Opera. He has written and managed the Collaborative Piano Blog since 2005.

Professional Affiliations

  • MTNA
  • American Federation of Musicians