The Full Story
My name is Christopher Jasper and I was born and raised attending the Traditional Latin Mass. Having sung in choirs and scholas since a small boy soprano, I have been assiduously studying & singing chant and sacred polyphony since 1997 & directing Gregorian scholas in many locations since 2007. Some of the places I have directed include:
Mel Gibson's private Holy Family Chapel in Agoura Hills, CA (2007-2009)
the historic Five Wounds church in San Jose, CA (2009-2011)
Cathedral of St Thomas Aquinas in Reno, NV (2011-2012)
St Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Coeur d'Alene, ID (2013-2018)
In addition to personal experience, some of my studies and training include:
Advanced studies at the Abbey of Solesmes (2010) & at Le Centre d'Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France (2013), both under the direction of Dom Saulnier, former director of chant research at Solesmes. Sadly, Saulnier passed away in April, 2023. Please keep him in your prayers.
Schola Cantor and Choir Bass under Mr Jeffrey Morse from 2001-2007 at St Stephen the First Martyr, in Sacramento, CA (Mr. Morse was himself a student of the late Dr Mary Berry)
Continual study & daily praying the Divine Office
Having originally pursued a career in acting, graduating from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood, CA in 2008, I ultimately decided to give up this pursuit after experiencing first-hand how morally depraved the industry is. I then decided to pursue a career in sacred music, working as a professional welder and fabricator in the meantime. In 2014, I entered and became a Postulant at the traditional Benedictine monastery (Monastero di San Benedetto) in Norcia, Italy. After discovering this was not my vocation, I left as an Oblate of the monastery and remain so to this day. In 2020 I started my own modest woodworking company (Jasper Woodworking); In January of 2021 I launched the Gregorian Chant Academy on YouTube and in February of 2022, when the Academy reached a financially stable point, I closed the woodworking business and have worked fulltime on the Academy ever since. In the Spring of 2023, the Academy merged with Floriani Sacred Music, the two now being one organization, the Academy serving as its educational arm.
I am currently married with 4 children, living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where we attend St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, a Traditional Latin Mass parish of the FSSP.