Dr. Christopher Chapman is the director of bands at Oregon State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Chapman guides all aspects of the program and also coordinates the wind band conducting area. Under his direction, the OSU Band Program has gained praise from composers and audiences alike. Under his baton, the OSU Wind Ensemble has tour extensively both domestically and abroad and has been featured in performances from Carnegie Hall in New York City to concert halls on the west coast of the United States and overseas in Japan and Taiwan. Their commercial recording projects "The Five Changes" and "Currents" were produced by Mark Custom Records. Recent projects on Mark Records include David Maslanka’s Mass and "Scenic Meditations" featuring the Boston Brass.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Chapman holds degrees in music from The Ohio State University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Washington. He 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 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. Chapman also serves as the musical director of the Oregon Brass Society, a British-style brass band in Springfield, Oregon and the Portland Wind Symphony, a professional adult band based in Portland, Oregon.