The Full Story
Christopher Jasper is the founder and director of the Gregorian Chant Academy. He has sung in choirs and Gregorian scholas since a young boy soprano and has assiduously studied & sung Gregorian Chant since 1997, directing in various locations since 2007. Some of the places he has 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 his 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 the late Dom Daniel Saulnier, former director of chant research at Solesmes.
Continued correspondence with Dom Saulnier, and now with Msgr Alberto Turco and Giacomo Baroffio
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/Sr Thomas More)
Continual study & daily praying of the monastic Divine Office
"Chris Jasper is a brilliant young chant scholar...
Those who know Chris expect great things from him.
Chris Jasper is in a sense a musical 'grandchild' of
[Dr Mary Berry/Sister Thomas More.]"
~ Jeffrey Morse, from a comment on Chant Cafe in 2010
Having originally pursued a career in acting and filmmaking, graduating from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood, CA in 2008, Christopher ultimately decided to give up this pursuit after experiencing first-hand how morally depraved the industry is. He then decided to pursue a career in sacred music, earning his living as a professional welder and fabricator. In 2014, he entered and became a Postulant at the traditional Benedictine monastery (Monastero di San Benedetto) in Norcia, Italy. After discovering this was not his vocation, he left as an Oblate of the monastery and remains so to this day. In 2020 he started a modest woodworking company (Jasper Woodworking); In January of 2021, he launched the Gregorian Chant Academy on YouTube and in February of 2022 - when the Academy reached a financially stable point - he closed the woodworking business and has worked fulltime on the Academy ever since. On Pentecost of 2023, the Academy merged with Floriani Sacred Music, the two now being one organization (the Academy serving as Floriani's online educational division). Floriani - and hence, GCA - is a 501c-3 non-profit organization. To learn more about Floriani, visit: https://www.floriani.org.
Christopher is currently married with 4 children, living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where they attend St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, a Traditional Latin Mass parish of the Fraternity of St Peter.