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December, 19, 2019
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W184


Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman

The Composer Tells Us the Balance

Clinic Synopsis:

The Composer Tell Us the Balance Chris Chapman, Central Michigan University 1. Melody is always present 2. Find the tenor voices 3. Find the lower octaves within each section without overplaying 4. Guiding towards finding instruments 5. Homogenize vs transparent (soup vs salad) I believe that with diligent score study, we will alter the balances depending on the desired effect of the composer.

Chris Chapman - Biographical Information

Dr. Christopher Chapman is the Director of Bands for the Central Michigan University School of Music, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and coordinates the wind band conducting area. His ensembles have gained notoriety and praise from composers and audiences alike and have been featured in performance sites from Carnegie Hall to concert halls on the west coast of the United States as well as Japan, China and Taiwan. Recent commercial recording projects include: The Five Changes; Currents; and Scenic Meditations with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, produced by Mark Records. This year, that ensemble will release David Maslanka's Mass for wind ensemble, full chorus, children's choir, and soloists.Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Chapman holds degrees in music from The Ohio State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Washington. Dr. Chapman has appeared as a conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United States. He has also been a contributing author in A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, a series of books on contemporary wind band composers for Meredith Music Publications, a subsidiary of the Hal Leonard Corporation and Teaching Music through Performance by GIA Publications. Dr. Chapman's wind band compositions and arrangements, published by Timberline Publications, are receiving performances across the United States.In 2015, Dr. Chapman was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He has been the Northwest Division president the College Band Directors National Association and Northwest Divisional Chair of the National Band Association. An inductee into the Phi Beta Mu honorary Bandmasters Fraternity, he is also an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity where he has served as the Co-Governor of the Western District, and an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority. Other organizations include the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Oregon Band Directors Association, National Association for Music Educators, and Oregon Music Educators Association. Dr. Chapman has also served as the Musical Director of the Oregon Brass Society, a British-style brass band in Springfield, Oregon, the Portland Wind Symphony, a semi-professional adult band in Portland, Oregon, and the Clock Tower Wind Orchestra, a professional concert band.