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Kachian, Christopher

Professor
Office
LOR 206A
Phone
(651) 962-5858
Mail
BEC LL09

B.F.A, M.M., D.M.A. University of Minnesota

Christopher Kachian, guitarist, has performed and taught clinics and master classes in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Sweden, Russia, Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Japan, China, and throughout North and South America, as recitalist, chamber musician and in concerto soloist.

He has appeared with the Heidelberger Kammerorchester, Kammerensemble Cologne and Radio Symphonie Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks, the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, the St. Paul Civic Orchestra, the Kenwood Chamber Orchestra, the Heartland Symphony, the Grand Forks Symphony, at the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival and numerous festival orchestras.

American performances have included a significant number of works written in the last twenty years, many of them commissions. These include over thirty works for guitar including 12 concerti. He has written Composer's Desk Reference for the Classic Guitar in consultation with over 25 composers, published by Mel Bay Publications. He has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio and American Public Media (including several appearances on A Prairie Home Companion).

Notable premiere recordings include Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies (RCA 1995), David Baker's Images, Shadows and Dreams (Collins Classics 1996 and Clarion as Dance Like the Wind, Music of Today's Black Composers), Woodwind Music (Innova 1997), phoenix ensemble#1 (Valve-Hearts [Cologne, Germany] 1998), Falls Flyer (10,000 Lakes 2002), Cyprus, First Impressions (Innova 2006), The J.S. Bach Sonatas for Gamba and Harpsichord for Guitar and Harpsichord by Chris Kachian and David Jenkins (2007). Numerous other recordings of music ranging from blues to Christmas music are in his discography.

Since 1984, Dr Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the USA at the University of St Thomas where he is professor of music. He has lectured in music of Europe, the Americas, the Twentieth-Century, the World, the United States, Film, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature.

2001 - 2005, he became the Director of Guitar Studies for MMTA for whom he lead, authored and edited the nation's first comprehensive, multi-genre guitar pedagogy syllabus.

Notable premiere performances are Astor Piazzolla's Double Concerto and Franz Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, as well as an ongoing series of all-Baroque with keyboardist, David Jenkins, with the Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music, an early music ensemble.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 591 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - -
CRN: 30168 1 Credit Hours
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - -
CRN: 30568 4 Credit Hours This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.
MUSP 158 - 01 Guitar: 30 Minute Lessons - - - - - -
CRN: 30569 1 Credit Hours Students will study all styles of music including classical, blues, rock, folk and others on acoustic, nylon and electric guitars. Topics include all forms of notation (standard, tab, chord symbols, etc.), improvisation and performance practice. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons
MUSP 158 - 02 Guitar: 50 Minute Lessons - - - - - -
CRN: 30570 1 Credit Hours Students will study all styles of music including classical, blues, rock, folk and others on acoustic, nylon and electric guitars. Topics include all forms of notation (standard, tab, chord symbols, etc.), improvisation and performance practice. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 03 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - -
CRN: 40508 4 Credit Hours This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.
MUSN 174 - 01 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - -
CRN: 40259 1 Credit Hours The study and performance of all styles in popular and classical music for guitar and diverse instruments, including bass and drums.
MUSP 258 - 01 Guitar: Applied B.A. - - - - - -
CRN: 40665 1 Credit Hours Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons
MUSP 358 - 01 Guitar: Applied B.M. - - - - - -
CRN: 40714 2 Credit Hours Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - -
CRN: 10057 4 Credit Hours This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.
MUSC 170 - 01 The Music of Film - T W R F 1000 - 1300 BEC 110
CRN: 10190 4 Credit Hours Film is a form of communication that can be analyzed in terms of its images, as a historical record, and as a critical statement of the audience for which it is intended. Film music is a discreet yet complimentary component used in some way and to some degree by nearly every filmmaker throughout history. Through readings, class discussion, and extensive directed viewing of movies, this course will provide a framework for analyzing the images and the sounds of films throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will prepare and deliver oral presentations analyzing the images and sounds of select films.

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