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YSM alumna Christine Gangelhoff releases new album with C Force

Caribbean art music ensemble C Force releases third album entitled 'Tour de Force'
March 17, 2016

Christine Gangelhoff ’95 AD recently released a new recording entitled Tour de Force with her ensemble, C Force. The 2-disc collection features art music of the Caribbean and includes works by composers from Guadeloupe, Haiti, the U.S. Virgin Islands and many more.

This release is the group’s third recording and follows the success of their first two albums, Tchaka Mizik, and Deep Blue. The latter was praised by musicologist Dominique de Lerma as “being destined to become a document in the evolutionary history of music in The Bahamas.”

C Force is a group committed to the preservation and promotion of art music of the Caribbean region. In addition to flautist Gangelhoff, the ensemble is comprised of Christian Justilien, euphonium, and Christy Lee, piano. Both Gangelhoff and Justilien serve on faculty at the College of The Bahamas in Nassau on the island of New Providence; Lee serves on faculty at Maryville College in Maryville, TN.

About Christine Gangelhoff

Dr. Christine Gangelhoff has been a member of the music faculty of The College of The Bahamas since 2007 and has served as Coordinator of the Music Department since 2014. Previously, she served on the faculties of Memorial University of Newfoundland and St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of North Texas. She recently founded The Bahamas Music Educators Association (BMEA) with the goal of promoting and facilitating excellence in music education throughout The Bahamas.

In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Gangelhoff has conducted extensive research on Caribbean art music and has become a leading proponent in this field. She was the chief organizer of the 2013 International Symposium on Composers of African and Afro-Caribbean Descent, which brought together musicians, composers, scholars and students to engage with the topic of Caribbean art music. Dr. Gangelhoff is also contributing several entries to the forthcoming Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography to be published by Oxford University Press. She is co-author of the award-winning “Art music by Caribbean Composers,” a comprehensive bibliography documenting the little-known art musical traditions of the Caribbean region. She continues to work on subsequent volumes as she seeks to promote a deeper understanding of and greater visibility for this little-known tradition.