Christian Michael Kendall Martin

Martin, Christian MALTA Young composer, conductor, and teacher Christian Michael Kendall Martin, aged 25, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 following a brave battle with synovial sarcoma. He was born in Saratoga Springs on May 6, 1988. Christian was a loving young man and devoted son with a deep well of courage. Christian had been the head of the bowed strings department at the Performance School of the Arts in Clifton Park and a substitute conductor for various Capital Region middle and high school bands and orchestras. He also taught privately. Christian took just as much delight in sharing his knowledge and talents as his students gave back to him through their discovery of the joy in music. While Christian's main instrument was the double bass, he also played the violin, viola, and cello. He continued his own study of strings with Christopher Neubert, a teacher he credits as being a great mentor and source of his knowledge of string pedagogy. In his study of the voice, Christian would certainly give a nod to Tony Eastwood. As a performer, Christian freelanced with regional musical groups and held the principal double bass chair in UAlbany's Symphony Orchestra. Christian was launching his career as a composer of classical music when he was diagnosed with cancer, which took much of his energy. Yet, he continued to compose a number of chamber music works, a piano concerto, and a symphony. As a composer and conductor Christian felt it was especially important to connect with nature, which in his opinion, was best done through fishing, an activity he enjoyed since childhood. He also believed that small dogs are essential to coping with the stresses of being a musician. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, Christian's interest in composing and conducting were sparked while studying with composer and conductor Brett Wery at Schenectady County Community College, where he received an associate degree in music performance with a concentration in the double bass. Christian nurtured his interest in conducting with Dr. David Bebe at The College of Saint Rose, where he received his bachelor of science in music education, cum laude, and at The Conductors Institute at Bard College Conservatory of Music. Christian was pursuing his master's in conducting from Messiah College. Christian enjoyed eating sushi, following the Yankees, and learning German. He cared deeply for his mother, taking care of little things for her to make each day better. A romantic at heart, he focused much of his attention on the love of his life, Teresa. Christian is survived by his mother, Rosalyn J. Martin of Malta; his fiancee, Teresa Hiney of Vestal; his father, David K. Martin and his sister, Mackenzie Martin of Willsboro; also grandparents, Eugenia Desmond of Canajoharie, David and Patricia Martin of West Chazy; aunts and uncles, Cindy and Ned DeSernotto, Francis and Patty Desmond, Jimmy Dygert, Annie and Eric Wallace, Liz Friedman, Peter Martin and Laura Green; and a number of cousins including Noah Wallace with whom he was especially close. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. - 12 noon on Saturday, March 1, at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake. A memorial mass will follow at 12 noon. Christian's family would like to thank the staff at Albany Medical Center for their care and compassion as well as the number of friends of faith who fast became a source of strength and support for Christian. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, as Christian wanted to highlight the need for research and awareness of synovial sarcoma to enable support for patients and families affected by this disease. Contributions may be made via Online remembrances may be made at

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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 26, 2014