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David Chapman

Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. David Chapman teaches music and encourages students to explore their musical and artistic sides as part of their Rose-Hulman education. His areas of expertise cover post-war American avant-garde, music technology, minimalist music, and music analysis and history. Dr. Chapman has brought that expertise into courses covering the fundamentals of tonal music, recorded sound, music of the world, and western music genres – helping students earn a minor in music. He has showcased his piano playing skills at several campus events.

Teaching Interests

  • Western music history
  • Non-Western music
  • Music theory and composition

Research Experiences

  • Ensembles as historical subjects
  • Cultural and social histories of minimalist music
  • Intersections of music analysis and history
  • Archival research and histories of the recent past

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “Improvisation, Variations on a Watermelon, and a New Timeline for Piano Phase,Rethinking Reich, Oxford Press, 2016 (forthcoming)
  • “Minimalism, Incorporated: The Business of Becoming Steve Reich and Musicians and the Philip Glass Ensemble,” Royal Musicological Association Annual Conference, London, 2016
  • “Contrasts and Continuities in the Performance History of Philip Glass’ Music in Twelve Parts,” Fifth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Turku, Finland, 2015
  • “Improvisation, Watermelons, and Steve Reich’s Piano Phase,” American Musicological Society National Conference, Pittsburgh, 2013
  • “Hearing the Flowers, Reading the Seeds in Jon Gibson’s Call (1977),” Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Long Beach, California, 2013
  • “Reconsidering Philip Glass: Space, ‘Presence,’ and Downtown Loft Culture in the Early 1970s,” Society for American Music National Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Paul A. Pisk Award, American Musicological Society, 2013 (For the paper "Improvisations, Watermelons, and Steve Reich's Piano Phase")

Academic Degrees

  • BMus, Kennesaw State University, 2001
  • MA, University of Georgia, 2006
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013