Director of Bands, Conductor of Wind Ensemble
Arts & Communication: Music
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Dr. Christopher Chapman is director of bands for Oregon State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. Chapman guides all aspects of the concert band and jazz programs, 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 in Japan. Their 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 western United States. He has also been 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 and "Teaching Music through Performance" by GIA Publications. Chapman’s wind band compositions and arrangements are receiving performances across the United States.
Chapman is currently the Northwest division president 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 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, Music Educators National Conference, 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.