The Christopher U. Light Lectureship in Music: was created in 1985 by Mr. Light, Carleton Class of 1958. Among his many interests, Mr. Light is a freelance writer, composer, record producer, and musician with interest in computers and music. Past artists include:

2019-21: Jason Treuting, composer, percussionist
2018–19: Caroline Shaw, vocalist, violinist, and composer
2017–18: Anna Meredith, composer
2016–17: Andrea Mazzariello, composer, Nikki Melville, piano, and Mobius Percussion
2015–16: Dan Trueman, composer-fiddler
2014–15: Polygraph Lounge
2013–14: Chiara String Quartet
2012–13: Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band
2011–12: Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky: That Subliminal Kid, composer-DJ, multimedia artist
2010–11: The Bad Plus
2009–10: Nicolas Collins, composer
2008–09: Chiara String Quartet with Jefferson Friedman, composer
2007–08: Alex Freeman, composer
2005–06: Alice Parker, composer
2004–05: Salvador Brotons, composer-conductor
2003–04: George Crumb, composer
2002–03: Deniz Hughes, composer
2001–02: Mary Ellen Childs, composer
2000–01: Bob Brookmeyer, composer-valve trombonist
1999–00: McLain Family Band with Phillip Rhodes, composer
1998–99: Bang on a Can All-Stars
1997–98: Zeitgeist – Eric Stokes, composer
1996–97: A Celebration: Seventy Years of Carleton Composers
1995–96: Karl Kohn, composer-pianist
1994–95: Sounds of Blackness – Gary Hines, director
1993–94: The Musicians of Swanne Alley
1992–93: Kronos Quartet
1991–92: “The Magic Pipe”, Phillip Rhodes, composer (Carleton College commission)
1990–91: Cuarteto Latinoamericano
1989–90: Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano; and William Bolcom, composer-pianist
1986–89: Anthony Davis, composer-pianist
1987–88: Sergiu Luca, violinist; and Malcom Bilson, fortepianist
1986–87: Pomerium Musices – Alexander Blachly, director
1985–86: Ursula Oppens, pianist