Master in Instrumental Conducting, George Mason University
Bachelor in Music Education, summa cum laude, Sterling College 2002
Kris Chapman currently serves as Director of Bands and Lead Faculty at Lone Star College-Montgomery where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Big Band in addition to teaching courses in Music Appreciation, Music Literature and Music Theory. In addition, Mr. Chapman was recently named Artistic Director of the Houston Heights Orchestra. Before this appointment, Mr. Chapman served as Artistic Director & Conductor for the Kingwood Pops Orchestra (Kingwood, TX). Mr. Chapman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (summa cum laude) in 2002 from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. As a senior, he had the fortunate opportunity to guest conduct the Sterling College Concert Chorale and Orchestra in selections from Handel's Messiah, including the "Hallelujah Chorus." After graduation, Mr. Chapman began his teaching career in the Kansas public school system as an elementary music teacher and band director. As Director of Bands at Larned High School, the Larned Band of Indians received superior ratings in marching and concert band festival performances. Mr. Chapman moved to Virginia to pursue a Master's Degree in Instrumental Conducting at George Mason University where he was a student of Anthony Maiello and Mark Camphouse. While at GMU, Mr. Chapman served as Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Mr. Chapman has worked with Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak as well as Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher at the Conductor’s Collegium at the University of North Texas. As a participant in the Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Institute, Mr. Chapman worked with Neil Varon and the Rochester Philharmonic. In addition, he studied with the world-renowned conducting pedagogue Larry Rachleff at the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, where he had the privilege of conducting the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. Mr. Chapman was also selected as a Conducting Fellow to the 2010 Conducting Institute for Music Educators at the Julliard School in New York City.
Mr. Chapman has served as adjunct faculty at Lone Star College-Kingwood and North Harris Campuses, teaching courses in Music Appreciation and Music Literature and was conductor of the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band.