Organist and Associate Director of Music
As Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral, Christopher Betts plays the organ at Cathedral services, assists with directing the Cathedral Choirs, directs Cathedral Voices (volunteer choir), coordinates the welcome of visiting choirs, and manages the organ recital series.
Before coming to the Cathedral in 2012, he was director of music at the 5,000-member First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas, where he served for eleven years, overseeing the church’s extensive and acclaimed music program. Originally from the United Kingdom, Christopher is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was organ scholar at Magdalen College. He also held organ scholarships at Lichfield Cathedral and St. Alban’s Cathedral. He served as assistant master of the music at Sheffield Cathedral from 1995 to 1998, and from 1998 to 2001 he was director of music at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick, a parish with an excellent tradition of men, boys, and girls singing in the English cathedral tradition. He has appeared in concerts and on recordings, radio, and television in both the United States and the United Kingdom.