Christopher Ashbaugh

Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition

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  • (585) 567-9232
  • Music
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Education

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (in progress)
  • M.M., Butler University (2012)
  • B.M., Capital University (2009)

 

Courses Taught 

  • Music Theory for Non-Majors
  • Music Composition Applied Lessons
  • Musicianship III & IV
  • Contemporary Music Theory II & III

 

Professional Members/Associations 

  • Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers
  • International Society for Orthodox Church Music
  • Pi Kappa Lambda

 

Professional Experience/Achievements 

  •          Commissioned to set the old English text “The Dream of the Rood” by the Friends of the Arts of Church on Tap (in progress)
  •          Article “Liturgy as Looking-glass: an Evangelical Pilgrimage” published in Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music, the proceedings of the 2015 ISOCM international conference (2017)
  •          Performance of Mosaic (2015), for solo piano, at NOW New Music Festival, Capital University (2017)
  •          Article “Joy, Catharsis, and (eu)Catastrophe” presented at the International Conference on Orthodox Church Music in Prague, Charles University (2016)
  •          Performance of Invocation (2013), a dance work accompanied by three percussionists, with choreography by Nancy Hughes, at SUNY Brockport graduation dance showcase (2016)
  •          Article “Time and Transcendence in Music” presented at the national CFAMC conference, Malone University (2015)
  •          Premiere of Mosaic, for solo piano, at the national CFAMC conference, Malone University (2015)
  •          Premiere of Scop III, for theremin cello and ison, at the SUNY New Music and Culture Symposium, SUNY Albany (2015)
  •          Article “The Romance of the Impossible and the Reality of Transcendence” presented at the national CFAMC conference, Biola University (2014)
  •          Premiere of Our Father, for soprano, piano, and cello, at the national CFAMC conference, Biola University (2014)
  •          Performance of Transmute (2013), for cello and two percussionists, at June in Buffalo new music festival, SUNY Buffalo (2014)

Teaching Philosophy  

  • I believe, first of all, that a strong music education includes both a critical, independent intellectual engagement with the musical material and a practical, personal engagement with how it sounds or feels as it is played. My teaching philosophy does not emphasize rules or formulae, but rather a sensitivity to whether the ear is convinced by whatever music is being studied. Difficult analytical problems in the music repertoire, especially those without clear answers, are to be critically examined and engaged as part and parcel of being an academic musician, in the same way that I examine difficult spiritual questions as essential to growth as a follower of Christ. 

I can no more reduce my personal walk with Christ to a series of rules and regulations than I can reduce the richness and complexity of the many classical and contemporary musical traditions to a set of exercises done by rote.  Both are lifetime pursuits that involve knowledge gained by long study and skill gained by daily practice.

 

Research Interests 

  •          Liturgical music, chant, and psalmody across western and eastern Christianity
  •          Transcendence in both high and low cultural idioms
  •          Oral-traditional music practice, ancient and modern

 

Publications/Conferences

  • NOW New Music Festival at Capital University, performance of Mosaic, for solo piano (2017)
  • International Conference on Orthodox Church Music in Prague at Charles University, presentation of “Joy, Catharsis, and (eu)Catastrophe” (2016) [to be published in proceedings]
  • National Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers conference at Malone University, presentation of “Time and Transcendence in Music” and premiere of Mosaic, for solo piano (2015)
  • International Society for Orthodox Church Music Int’l Conference at University of Eastern Finland, presentation of “Liturgy as Looking-glass: an Evangelical Pilgrimage” (2015) [published 2017 in proceedings]
  • June in Buffalo new music festival at SUNY Buffalo, performance of Transmute, for cello and two percussionists (2014)
  • National Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers conference at Biola University, moderation for panel “Transcendence and the Use of Ancient Text in Music,” presentation of “The Romance of the Impossible and the Reality of Transcendence,” premiere of Our Father, for soprano, cello, and piano (2014)
  • National Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers conference at Houghton College, presentation of “In Pursuit of Beauty,” premiere of Ring Out, Ring In, for solo piano (2013)
  • National Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers conference at Mississippi College (2013)

 

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