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Lamont School of Music

Newman Center for the Performing Arts


Chappell Kingsland, DM

Chappell Kingsland

Adjunct Faculty, Aural Skills & Music Theory

Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 302

As a professor, composer, performer and scholar, Chappell Kingsland is most interested in exploring the connections between musical worlds. His teaching philosophy is to focus on the experiential side of learning and draw from a broad range of classical, popular and world-music repertoire. In Aural Skills, his students develop a variety of mutually-reinforcing skills from solfège, piano playing and dictation to choral singing, conducting and composing.

The music of Chappell Kingsland seeks to integrate elements from diverse musical cultures into a personal and compelling synthesis. He has studied composition with Chaya Czernowin, Don Freund, Claude Baker, P. Q. Phan, Aaron Travers, David Dzubay, David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas and Christopher Rouse. His compositions have won first-place awards from the Percussive Arts Society, the Jacobs School of Music and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, among others. Recent projects have drawn inspiration from West African music (Dans l'espoir de ce jour), sci-fi (We're the Next Generation), modern dance (thinking/feeling), and social/environmental causes (Intoxication, Fracked, 350 parts per million). Chappell's piano and organ recitals are noted for the diversity of their programming; recently he toured the East Coast with a program entitled Impressionism and Rock Piano.

Dr. Kingsland received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His bachelors degree in composition and organ performance is from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Kingsland was the founder and first Artistic Director of New Voices Opera, a student-run opera company in Bloomington, Indiana. His first full-length opera, Intoxication: America's Love Affair with Oil, premiered in April of 2013. Reimagining Opera for Kids commissioned The Firebringers, a 35-minute chamber opera which will be performed for young audiences at dozens of schools across the Midwest during the 2014-15 school year.

His primary research interests are modern opera and contemporary composers who cross between musical worlds, particularly Gustav Mahler, Silvestre Revueltas and Kaikhosru Sorabji. His paper "Questionable Motives: Melodic Construction in Frank Zappa's Middle-Period Orchestral Works" was presented at the Aries Composers Festival at Colorado State University-Ft. Collins in 2013.  Photo: