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Stephen Chatman fonds [multiple media]. 


[ca. 1890]-2004

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

2.70 m of textual records.
1396 photographs : 947 b&w and col. prints; 449 b&w and col. negatives.
1 tyntype.
61 audio reels.
50 audio cassettes.
38 audio compact discs.
10 digital audio tapes.
1 videocassette.
1 medal.

Scope and content

The fonds comprises records concerning Stephen Chatman's activities as a composer and teacher. Among other items, it contains biographical records, correspondence (Terry Smith, Laurence Kaptain, Andrea Splittberger-Rosen, Robert Aitken, Eugene Kurtz, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Michael Lorimer, Ellen Weckler, Henri Bok, Lauren Wagner, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Griggs-Janower, Walter Verdehr, Günther Herbig, Gene Ramsbottom, Paul Grimwood, Piotr Grella-Mozejko, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, David Byrne, Christine Yoshikawa, Jon Washburn, Glenn Buhr, Scott MacPherson, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, David Ferguson, Bramwell Tovey, Michael Conway Baker, Julia Nolan, Margaret Rowland, Philip Candelaria, Frances James, Marion Paton, Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Christopher Hahn, Karen Lee-Morlang, Rita Costanzi and Marc Widner), contracts, musical works, course notes, assignments and tests, report cards, diplomas, student lists, schedules, teaching evaluation results, royalty statements, writings, concert programmes, posters, press clippings, notes, photographs mainly of Stephen Chatman, family members and musicians, sound recordings of Stephen Chatman's works.

Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Moving images (video)
90: Open
90: Open
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
from 160 to 177
from 365 to 367
90: Open
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
from 229 to 231
from 566 to 567
from 593 to 594
90: Open
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
from 1856 to 1857
from 1863 to 1864
90: Open
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
from 3311 to 3316
from 3323 to 3326
from 3329 to 3331
from 3333 to 3335
from 3337 to 3345
from 3349 to 3352
from 3354 to 3356
from 3359 to 3368
from 3370 to 3371
90: Open
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
18: Restricted
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
from 6482 to 6490
from 6492 to 6503
from 6505 to 6509
from 7225 to 7237
90: Open
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Former archival reference no.

Textual record Arrangement and description by Stéphane Jean 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Born in Faribault, Minnesota, Stephen Chatman studied with Joseph Wood and Walter Aschaffenburg at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and with Ross Lee Finney, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and Eugene Kurtz at the University of Michigan where he completed his D.M.A. degree in 1977. Chatman is recognized internationally as a composer of choral, orchestral, and piano music. His creative output, which includes many large-scale works, is already significant and he has made a particularly important contribution to the choral repertoire. His approximately sixty choral works have sold more than 350,000 printed copies and are frequently performed. His orchestral works, including commissions from the Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Windsor, and Madison symphonies and the CBC Radio Orchestra, have been performed and recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney, Seoul, San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, New World, Quebec, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, P.E.I., and Newfoundland symphonies. Chatman has received many commissions through the Canada Council, the CBC, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, including works for Vancouver New Music, Montreal's Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, contralto Maureen Forrester; violinist Andrew Dawes, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and the Banff Centre.

Recorded works include two choral collections performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, "Due North" (Centrediscs) and "Due West" (CBC Records), a chamber music collection, "Vancouver Visions" (Centrediscs), an orchestral collection, "Proud Music of the Storm" (Centrediscs), and instrumental recordings on C.R.I., CBC Records, Naxos, Globe, Crystal, Skylark, Arsis, and Frederick Harris Music Celebration Series. As Professor of composition and of orchestration, co-director of University of British Columbia Contemporary Players new music ensemble, and Head of the UBC School of Music Composition Division, Stephen Chatman has taught a generation of prominent Canadian composers. He has served on many Canada Council juries and national student composition contest juries, and was Jury Chairman of the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers.

The only North American to have won three consecutive BMI Awards to Student Composers (1974-76), Chatman has also received a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a M.B. Rockefeller Fund Grant, and a U.S. Fulbright Grant for study with Karlheinz Stockhausen at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

In 1988-89, Stephen Chatman became British Columbia's first "composer in residence." In 2003, he was one of three Canadian composers to visit Beijing and Shanghai in the "First Exchange of Canadian and Chinese Composers", sponsored by the Chinese Musicians' Association (CMA) and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver. He was "composer in residence" with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2004. Also in 2004, he was the first composer ever awarded the Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance and Development in the Visual and Creative Arts from the University of British Columbia. He is also the first Canadian ever short-listed in the BBC Masterprize international competition, for his work "Tara's Dream." Stephen Chatman is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, a past President of Vancouver New Music, and a member of the Canadian League of Composers, SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Inc., and the American Music Center.

Additional information

Further accessions expected.


Related control no.

1. 2007-00164-0
2. MUS 309