Stephen Chatman’s music has been the subject of review in recent Opera Canada and Canadian Music Teacher magazines.
Opera Canada: Choir Practice by Stephen Chatman, CD Recording
Choir Practice, a comic opera in one act composed by Chatman with libretto by Tara Wohlberg, was premiered and recorded by the University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble and Symphony. The album was released in 2016 on the Centrediscs label.
Wayne Gooding, Editor, writes, “Rare it is for a live student performance to enjoy a commercial release, rare still when that performance is the world premiere of a new opera…With its musical and linguistic twists and turns, non sequiturs and sudden dead ends, it all unfolds in the manner of Ionesco’s The Bald Prima Donna. Both composer and librettist seem to have enjoyed themselves enormously writing this piece, with Chatman drawing on a wide range of styles and influences to bring Wohlberg’s absurdist text to life.”
Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association: New Piano Music by Stephen Chatman
Mix and Match for Older Beginners
Mix and Match is an imaginative and diverse supplementary album especially created for older piano students. It is designed as a rare, innovative mix-and-match complement to any standard piano method book. Through an array of stylistically varied pieces, all paired with harmonically rich, imaginative duets, the older beginning student will be musically engaged and challenged. Tara Wohlberg was the text author for this series.
Jean Ritter of British Columbia writes, “My students and I had a great time playing through the thirty-six pieces. They all have complimentary duets that add depth and great colour and make for pleasant music making!…The book is pedagogically sound incorporating numerous terms and symbols our students learn in their theory books.”
Etudes, Book 1
As with Chopin’s Etudes, this challenging set of five etudes can be used either for technique work or for concert performance. The music most assuredly allows for the pianist to demonstrate his or her technical and musical prowess.
Joyce Janzen of British Columbia says, “Each of these advanced technical challenges are a minute to a minute and a half long. Dynamic and pedal markings are frequent and precise. Changing meter often accomplishes a ritardando or a pause between sections. These are dynamic material for an eager advanced performer!”
Stephen Chatman, one of Canada’s most prominent composers, is Professor of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He has received many commissions and composition awards, including 2005, 2006, and 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards “Classical Composition of the Year,” 2010 and 2012 SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, three BMI Awards (New York), multiple JUNO nominations, Dorothy Somerset Award, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2001 BBC Masterprize short-list. In 2012, Dr. Chatman was appointed to the Order of Canada. Dr. Chatman’s choral pieces “are in wide demand in North America” (Historical Dictionary of Choral Music, 2010); his orchestral music has been commissioned by the CBC Radio Orchestra, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Madison, and Windsor symphonies and performed by the BBC Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Montreal, Sydney, Seoul, San Francisco, Winnipeg, Quebec, St. Louis, Calgary, Detroit, Dallas, and New World symphonies.