Director of Bands, Conductor of Wind Ensemble
Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Dr. Christopher Chapman is the director of bands at Oregon State University, where he guides all aspects of the band program, coordinates the wind band conducting area, and conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Under his direction, OSU Bands has gained notoriety and praise from composers and audiences alike. Having toured extensively, the OSU Wind Ensemble has been featured in performance venues from Carnegie Hall in New York City to concert halls on the west coast of the United States, to Japan. The ensemble’s recent commercial recording, “The Five Changes,” was produced by Mark Records.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Chapman holds degrees in music from The Ohio State University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Washington. He has appeared as a conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United States, and is a contributing author to “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, as well as to “Teaching Music through Performance” by GIA Publications. Chapman’s wind band compositions and arrangements are receiving performances across the United States.
Dr. Chapman is the immediate past president of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association and state representative of the National Band Association. He is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity where he has served as the co-governor of the Western District, and he is 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 Education, and Oregon Music Educators Association. Dr. Chapman also serves as the music director of the Oregon Brass Society, a British-style brass band in Springfield, Oregon.