Chris Vaneman, flutist
Flutist Christopher Vaneman is Head of the Carroll McDaniel Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Flute and Musicology; in 2013 he received the Kathryne Amelia Brown Award, the College's annual prize for teaching excellence. He completed his studies at Yale University, where he studied with Ransom Wilson and from which he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Chris holds MM and MMA degrees from Yale as well as an Honors BM from the Eastman School; he has also attended the Salzburg Mozarteum and Belgium's Conservatoire Royal, where he studied under a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He studied at Eastman with Bonita Boyd, in Brussels with Jean-Michel Tanguy, and in Salzburg with Andras Adorjan. He has also studied contemporary flute techniques with Robert Dick in New York and Baroque performance practice and ornamentation with Barthold Kuijken in Belgium.
He is flutist of the Converse-based chamber group Ensemble Radieuse (whose first CD, Inbox, features three newly-commissioned works, and who were awarded Third Place in the National Flute Association's 2006 International Chamber Music Competition) and the New York-based Echo, and teaches during the summer at Pennsylvania's Performing Arts Institute. Chris has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Germany and Denmark as well as in the United States and served as principal flutist of the Reigate Festival Orchestra in England, among other ensembles. Chris is also an engaging writer on musical subjects, and has supplied program notes for a number of compact discs and innumerable concerts; the Tokyo Quartet used his notes for its cycle of Beethoven performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.