WSAcademy: WSA Honorary Member

Chris Montan formally serves as President of Walt Disney Music and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing music for a wide variety of Disney projects including all Disney and Pixar animated feature films, all Disney Theatrical stage productions, as well as the music for Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resorts worldwide.

Montan began his association with The Walt Disney Studios in 1984, and three years later was named vice president of music for motion pictures and television. In 1991, he began a four-year stint as senior vice president, music. In 1995, he entered into an exclusive five-year arrangement with Disney to produce motion pictures and provide consultation on a variety of music-related projects. In that role, he served as a producer of the popular 1997 TV musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” (starring Whitney Houston and Brandy); and executive produced “Annie," the 1999 television adaptation of the hit stage musical which earned him a Peabody Award for Broadcasting.

Today, he serves as executive music producer for all of the Studio’s animated features and works closely in the story process as well as helping to select musical talent. Among his accomplishments, Variety named him “musical supervisor of the decade" in 1997 for his work on such soundtracks as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pretty Woman,” "Sister Act,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” "The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and “Hercules.”

He has been nominated for multiple Grammy® Awards and won Best Original Cast Recording for “Aida," and Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for “Frozen.” Under his guidance the Walt Disney Studios has garnered an unprecedented 42 Musical Academy Award® nominations, and 16 Academy Awards in the “Best Song,” "Best Score,” and "Best Musical" categories.