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Kachian, Christopher

Professor of Music, Program Advisor for Guitar Studies, Guitar Small Ensemble
Degree
D.M.A. University of Minnesota
Office
Loras Hall 206A
Phone
(651) 962-5858
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5858
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Christopher Kachian, guitarist, has performed 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-five years, many of them commissions. These include over thirty works for guitar including 14 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). In 2011, another 10,000 Lakes CD featuring music of Schubert, Beethoven and Hummel, A Night in Vienna, will be released by the Schubert Club. 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, Protest, Mathematics, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature. He is also head of the UST Music Business, Recording Arts, and the Popular Music degrees. 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. In 2011, he wrote the film score for Per Bianca,which won Best Film at the Minnesota 48-Hour Film Festival and won a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Recent notable USA premiere performances are Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto and Franz Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. The ongoing series of Baroque concerts, with keyboardist, David Jenkins, with the Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music, an early music ensemble and the Arpeggione Duo, a Stockholm-based cello and guitar duo specializing in new music, round out his concert career. 

[AUDIO: Appregione Duo 1: Sonata in e-minor, for guitar and cello - Largo]

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 03 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40408 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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.

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MUSC 162 - W01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 BEC 110
CRN: 40653 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian This course traces the development of American popular music from its roots through multiple genres such as minstrelsy, jazz, big band, swing, crooning, jump blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, country, western, folk/protest, and rock 'n' roll, concluding with the British Invasion. Popular music development is critically examined through four interrelated driving forces: identity (ethnicity, gender, culture, generation), centers vs. peripheries (the established vs. the innovative ), technology (impact on musical performance and listening), and business/law (commercial competition and development). Multimedia presentations include extensive audio and video support. Designed for the Popular Music minor, this course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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MUSC 216 - 01 Jazz in America - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 110
CRN: 40199 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian The origins and history of jazz in the United States. Various phases in the development of jazz style are discussed. Blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, as well as other recent developments in jazz performances are investigated. An essential part of the course is the analysis and evaluation of recorded performances by outstanding jazz musicians. Designed for non-majors as well as an elective for music majors interested in jazz. Offered fall semester. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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MUSP 158 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40229 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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MUSP 158 - 02 Perf Study: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40536 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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MUSP 187 - 01 Perf Study: Electric Guitar 30 - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41554 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques as they apply to the amplified guitar. Other topics will include fretboard theory, improvisation, ensemble performance practice and current technologies in amplification and MIDI applications. Repertoire will include all American popular music styles . 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

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MUSP 258 - 01 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40522 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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MUSP 358 - 01 Applied BM: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40565 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music & Culture - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10041 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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.

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MUSC 170 - 01 The Music of Film - T W R F - - 1000 - 1300 BEC 110
CRN: 10100 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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 complementary 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. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - L06 HONORS Music, Science, Cosmos - - - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC LL07
CRN: 22269 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian, Peter M. Distelzweig These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music & Culture - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20172 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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.

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MUSN 174 - 01 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20188 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian The study and performance of all styles in popular and classical music for guitar and diverse instruments, including bass and drums.

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MUSP 158 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20216 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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MUSP 158 - 02 Perf Study: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20502 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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MUSP 161 - 01 Perf Study: Harmonica 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 21169 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced techniques of the instrument including breathing technique, tonguing, cross-harp, chromatic, straight position, vibrato, and microphone placement. Additional topics will include: stylistic propriety of blues, rock, spiritual and folk, and improvisation. 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

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MUSP 161 - 02 Perf Study: Harmonica 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 21170 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced techniques of the instrument including breathing technique, tonguing, cross-harp, chromatic, straight position, vibrato, and microphone placement. Additional topics will include: stylistic propriety of blues, rock, spiritual and folk, and improvisation. 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

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MUSP 187 - 01 Perf Study: Electric Guitar 30 - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22600 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques as they apply to the amplified guitar. Other topics will include fretboard theory, improvisation, ensemble performance practice and current technologies in amplification and MIDI applications. Repertoire will include all American popular music styles . 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

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MUSP 187 - 02 Perf Study: Electric Guitar 50 - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22601 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques as they apply to the amplified guitar. Other topics will include fretboard theory, improvisation, ensemble performance practice and current technologies in amplification and MIDI applications. Repertoire will include all American popular music styles . 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

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MUSP 258 - 01 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20477 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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MUSP 358 - 01 Applied BM: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 21168 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian 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

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