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Christian R. Berg

Adjunct Faculty, Composition, Orchestration, Arranging, Jazz Bass and Modern Guitar


College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Christian Berg
Phone: 937-597-8621


  • M.A., Theory and Composition, Montclair State University
  • B.M., Double Bass Performance, Manhattan School of Music


Mr. Berg holds a Master of Arts in Theory and Composition from Montclair State University and a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

He has enjoyed an active career in jazz for four decades as a performer in clubs, concerts, festivals, films, radio and television with such leading musicians as Susanna McKorkle, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Knepper, Joe Albany, Chuck Wayne, Bob Wilber, Marty Grosz, Mulgrew Miller, Fred Hersh, Warren Vache, the Widespread Depression Orchestra, John Pizzarelli and more. For 20 years, he was the bassist with the prestigious Columbus Jazz Orchestra and performed with them in Denmark, Germany, and all over the U.S., as well as in their regular concert series at the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

He appears on dozens of commercial recordings with such performers as the Dells, Marty Grosz, Tim Cummiskey, the CCM Faculty Jazztet, Vivian Lord, Dick Mackie, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers and many others. His CDs of original compositions, A Man is a Tree (Vols. 1 and 2) and Sweet Sorrow, on Hipgnosis Records, have received much critical acclaim. 

He is very active as a composer/arranger and his songs, jazz compositions, orchestral and chamber pieces and big band arrangements have been performed and recorded by many artists, locally and nationally. He also has composed music for film, television, musical theater and video games.

As the former Director of Research and Music Development with Brain Actuated Technologies, Inc., in Yellow Springs, Ohio, he developed and patented software for brain-actuated music. He is the inventor of the Berg Bass-in-a-Box, a collapsible semi-acoustic bass.

He has served on the faculty of Central State University, Otterbein University, CSU and, since 2017, the University of Dayton, as well as teaching and performing in numerous clinics and workshops throughout the Midwest. He is the co-founder of COCOA, a Dayton-based organization promoting Ohio composers through workshops and bi-annual concerts.

Courses taught

  • Composition
  • Orchestration
  • Arranging
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz Bass
  • Modern Guitar