Christopher Janney studied architecture with Michael Graves at Princeton University (BA 1973), sculpture with James Seawright, and percussion in New York, with Joe Cusatis. Janney continued his musical studies in New York at the Dalcroze School of Music, specifically eurhythmics with Dr. Hilda Schuster, and percussion with Norman Grossman at Mannes College of Music. During this period, he worked for a diverse group of artists, including Jack Youngerman, Merce Cunningham Dance and Weng-Yeng Tsai. In 1975, Janney’s band ORION won the prestigious New York Jazz Talent Poll. In 1976, Janney was invited to enter a newly-formed Masters Program in Environmental Art at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, he began his formal experiments combining architecture and jazz. In 1978, he completed the Program, under artist Otto Piene, with a thesis titled SOUND-STAIR: The Nature of Environmental /Participatory Art (musical stairs). Since 1978, Janney has developed his own multimedia studio, PhenomenArts, Inc. while continuing his affiliation with M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Janney has toured the United States and Europe with his interactive sound/architecture installations.