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The Composer Tells Us the Balance

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  • 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.
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  • Dr. Christopher Chapman is the Director of Bands for the Oregon State University Department of Music, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Dr. Chapman guides all aspects of the program, and coordinates the wind band conducting area. Under his direction, the OSU Band Program has gained notoriety and praise from composers and audiences alike. Having toured extensively, the OSU Wind Ensemble has been featured in performance sites from Carnegie Hall in New York City to concert halls on the west coast of the United States as well as Japan and Taiwan. Their commercial recording projects, The Five Changes; Currents; and Scenic Meditations was produced by Mark Records. This year, the ensemble will release David Maslanka’s Mass for wind ensemble, full chorus, children’s choir, and soloists. 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 also serves 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 newly formed Clock Tower Wind Orchestra, a professional concert band.