Foundation Scholar Chris LaMountain

The Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club and Northwestern University have sponsored Chris LaMountain to make a circumnavigation in 2019 while conducting research on his topic entitled: "A Global Song: Investigating the Global Diversity of Baha'i Temple Music".

Chris' dispatches and photos from his circumnavigation will be on his Blog.

Background on Chris LaMountain

Growing up in central Massachusetts, Chris LaMountain was involved in choral music throughout his time attending Westborough Public Schools. Additionally, through playing in his church handbell ensemble and conducting a youth church choir, Chris became interested in the uniting power of music, especially in religious settings. During his time at Westborough High School, Chris participated in the MMEA Central District, All-State, and NAfME National Honor Choirs, as well as received the American Choral Music Award and two MICCA Small Choral Ensemble Gold Medals.

Combining his passions, Chris chose to pursue a dual degree at Northwestern University in Vocal Performance and Religious Studies. He joined and sang with various choral ensembles on campus and worked section leader jobs at churches and temples in the Chicagoland area. As the recipient of a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, Chris also conducted independent research within the Religion, Health, and Medicine program.

Upon discovering that the only Baha’i House of Worship in all of North America was located within a ten minute walk of campus, Chris picked up an immediate fascination in the religious space and the culture within it. Attending a few services, listening to the Temple Choir, and doing more research into the religion itself, Chris learned that there are only eight such Bahai Temples in the world and each Temple has its own distinct musical tradition.

Chris is a third-year student and recently returned from his fall semester abroad in Rome, during which he was able to travel throughout Italy and to different European cities. Outside of his studies, Chris is a member of Delta Chi Fraternity, a tour guide of the Northwestern campus, and a singer in the North American Baha’i Temple choir.

Chris LaMountain's Research Topic

Itinerary of Circumnavigation (draft)

Chris will be visiting these places during his circumnavigation in the summer of 2019.

  • Frankfurt, Germany.............June 28-July 9
  • Kampala, Uganda................July 9-20
  • New Delhi, India..................July 20-31
  • Sydney, Australia................July 31-Aug 16
  • Santiago, Chile...................Aug 16-28
  • Panama City, Panama.........Aug 28-Sep 6