Assistant Professor of Music

Education

B MUS, SAINT OLAF COLLEGE, 1996
M MUS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON, 2003
DMA, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 2012

Biography

An incredibly diverse and versatile conductor and performer, Christopher Fashun is an Assistant Professor of Music on the faculty at Goshen College where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra, directs the Lavender Jazz Ensemble, oversees the music education program, conducts the orchestras for musicals and opera, and teaches applied percussion.

An accomplished percussionist and violist, he has several years of orchestral and chamber music experience and has enjoyed success in both areas as a soloist by winning three concerto competitions.  During the past decade, Dr. Fashun has concentrated his study of world percussion in Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian music and dance.  Most notably, his teachers include Jorge Alabe, Michael Spiro, Mark Lamson, Curtis Pierre, Jorge Martins, and Scott Kettner.  He has also toured nationally and abroad as a jazz vibraphonist and has recorded albums with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and the Jason Harms Quartet.

Since 2008, he has conducted the University of Iowa Philharmonia and All-University Orchestras and was the Music Director of the St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, IA.  In November of 2009, Dr. Fashun conducted the Symphony String Orchestra at the IMEA Conference in Ames as part of the Iowa Junior Honors String Orchestra Festival Concert.  Additionally, Dr. Fashun’s conducting experience includes leading orchestras and wind bands at the high school and middle school levels and directing jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drumlines at the high school level.  He is an active clinician with middle and high school orchestras, percussionists, and jazz ensembles and frequently serves as an adjudicator for large group music festivals.

Dr. Fashun holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he studied conducting with Steven Amundson and Timothy Mahr and viola with Andrea Een.  He received his Masters of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Anthony DiSanza and continued his conducting studies with David E. Becker.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa where he studied conducting with William LaRue Jones and viola with Christine Rutledge.

Upcoming Performances

During the 2013-14 season, Dr. Fashun will be featuring the diverse world of percussion in performances of the Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Afternoon Sabbatical lecture recital.  The GCSO Fall Concert will be highlighted by a performance of “Moon Shadows – Concerto for Multiple Percussion and Orchestra” by 20th century composer Michael Udow, and featuring percussion soloist Dr. Tony DiSanza, Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The GCSO performance will be only the second time that this work has been performed in public and the premier performance in the midwest.

Dr. Fashun will be giving a percussion lecture recital as part of the Afternoon Sabbatical series (click here for more information: http://www.goshen.edu/news/afternoon-sabbatical/ .  The program will feature Mapex artist Ben Runkel, as well as members of the Goshen College Percussion Ensemble and percussionists from Concord High School.

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Goshen College Symphony Orchestra (http://www.goshen.edu/music/ensembles/orchestra/)

Homecoming Gala Concert: October 5, 2013, Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Fall Concert: November 1, 2013, Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

A Festival of Carols: December 6 & 7, 2013 Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.; December 8, Sauder Concert Hall, 4:00 p.m.

54th Annual Concerto-Aria Concert: February 8, 2014, Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Concert: April 16, 2014, Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Program: Schubert-Symphony No. 5, Rimsky-Korsakov-Capriccio Espagnol, Pärt-Fratres, and Copland-”Hoe Down” from Rodeo

 

Goshen College Lavender Jazz  (http://www.goshen.edu/music/ensembles/lavender-jazz/)

Goshen First Friday: October 4, 6-9 p.m. Washington Street, downtown Goshen

Fall Concert: November 23, 2013, Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Concert: March 21, 2014, Sauder Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 

Goshen College Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro, W. A. Mozart

March  28 & 29 and April 4 & 5, 2014, Umble Theater, 7:30 p.m.

March 30 and April 6, 2014, Umble Theater, 3:00 p.m.