Auto-Biography of Christopher PizzuteMy first introduction to music was in my junior year of high school where I was convinced by my mother to join the choir due to a trip that year. Up to that point in my life I was a ghost.
It was only until I had to take the final; which was a small quartet where each person was on their own voice part singing accapella. In the piece I had to sing a solo; When I opened my mouth and sang the first phrase the entire room gasped and then blew up with cheers. No one had ever heard me sing by myself until then; at that point I knew I had something.
Because I had zero understanding of music I went on to college at the Tyler School of Art In Philadelphia with a focus in Painting. After spending three years there I realized my love for music was much stronger then my passion for art.
On a chance I auditioned for the composition department at the John J. Cali. School of Music at Montclair State University. I got into the school not because of my compositional skills but because of two things; one being my vocal audition and two being my persistent assault upon the composition director on how much I wanted to learn and know what music is and how it is made.
I have spent almost a full two years at the John J. Cali School of Music and have grown to be proficient in the writing of chamber music; choral music; and musical theater which is starting to become my main focus.
Christopher's Secrets - An interview with this
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I think the craziest thing I have ever done is when I jumped off a Bridge 40 feet high into some freezing water when I was with some of my friends vacationing in Maine.
Name your favorite song
Damien Dempsey - Colony; an amazing anthem for Ireland.
What is your best personal characteristic?
I can always find the good in something or someone.
What did you like best about your hometown?
My Music teacher Steven Pochini who i became very attached too during my junior and senior years of high school. He paved the way for me to be confident in music.
Who do you admire the most?
I love John Mayer, Eric Clapton, and James Taylor for their approach to music and Stephen Sondheim, Damien Dempsey, and Shane MacGowan for their lyrical genius. I also love my mom who always is pestering me about when my next gig is. And that is the just the super short list.
What's your favorite sport?
I'm not a big sports guy but if I was to say anything it would have to be football; go Tennessee Titans.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope i will either be writing for musicals or writing professionally as songwriter.
What scares you the most?
Heights, i can go on any roller coaster but when it comes to being on the second floor of a mall i can't even go near the railings or i will start to freak out.
Your favorite place in Jersey?
The front stoop of my house at 3 o clock in the morning; because it is the only place i can really focus on my music without anyone interrupting me.
If you were to write a book what would it be about?
That not everyone should write songs. There is so much that should be taken into consideration when writing songs, especially those with lyrics. In instrumental works you can utilize the timbre and color of certain instruments to convey different emotions along with harmony and rhythm. With lyrics you must focus on what your trying to say as well as harmonizing with the appropriate accompaniment which i myself still have a hard time achieving.
90% of people who write songs professionally and amateur will write songs with just boring repeated harmonic progression with lyrical lines that contradict each other and aren't thought through. Even though Stephen Sondheim said himself; "less is more" he still goes and critiques his work and never leaves a stone to be unturned which creates music that we all enjoy and don't find ourselves questioning how some people are allowed to or do make music.