UBC School of Music

Music on the Point: Stephen Chatman 70th Birthday Celebration

Sun Mar 06 2022 3pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

A co-presentation of the Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the UBC School of Music.

Vancouver Chamber Choir (Kari Turunen conductor)
Vetta Chamber Music

Joan Blackman violin
AK Coope clarinet
Julia Nolan saxophone
Jane Hayes piano
Patricia Hoy piano



In Memoriam Harry Adaskin
Joan Blackman violin, Jane Hayes piano

To the Garden the World for Saxophone and Piano

1. To the garden the world anew ascending
2. Out of the cradle endlessly rocking
3. The revolving cycles
4. With love, with love
5. Demon or bird! (said the boy’s soul)

Joan Blackman violin, Jane Hayes piano

Etudes, Book 1 (world première)

I. Maze
II. Bash
III. Left hand
IV. Inversion
V. Evolution

Patricia Hoy piano

Remember from Two Rossetti Songs
A Magical Machine
Lie Still, lie still, my breaking heart
There Will be Rest from It Will Not Change (with Julia Nolan soprano saxophone)
Vancouver Chamber Choir

approximately 15 minutes

Shimmering Wings from Preludes for Piano, Book 4
Patricia Hoy piano

Nocturne from Preludes for Piano, Book 4
Patricia Hoy piano

Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano


AK Coope clarinet, Joan Blackman violin, Jane Hayes piano

There will be stars
What’s cookin’?
How sweet and fair (AK Coope clarinet)
Elves’ bells
Vancouver Chamber Choir


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This concert was originally scheduled for March 2020 and was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sun Mar 6 2022 3pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall
Music on the Point is presented in partnership with the UBC School of Music, UBC Campus + Community Planning (UTown@UBC) and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. This special celebration is co-presented by theCanadian Music Centre and Vancouver Chamber Choir with special acknowledgment to Vetta Chamber Music.

Dr. Stephen Chatman, C.M., D.M.A

Dr. Stephen Chatman, C.M., D.M.A. was a Professor and Head of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. After an impressive 45-year teaching career, during which he has mentored scores of students who have gone on to great careers, Prof. Chatman retired in 2021.

He has received many composition awards, including 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2020 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, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is the only Canadian ever short-listed for the BBC Masterprize (London).  He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012.

Chatman is one of Canada’s most prominent, versatile, and frequently performed composers. From grand orchestral works, to classic piano gems for learners, to imaginative choral songs that sell 20,000 copies of sheet music a year, his music is beloved by ensembles, choirs and fledgling pianists across North America — praised as “bright, expressive, eminently accessible fare that’s easy on the ear and good for the soul” by the American Record Guide.

Several volumes of his works have been recorded on Centrediscs. More than 150 of his musical works, published by Highgate Press (ECSPublishing), Oxford University Press, Boosey & Hawkes, Cypress, E. B. Marks (Hal Leonard), earthsongs, Frederick Harris, Dorn, Berandol, and T. Presser have sold 500,000 printed copies; many of his choral works have entered the standard repertory. Numerous volumes of Chatman’s elementary through intermediate level piano music are published in the Stephen Chatman Library series, Frederick Harris Music Co., and many piano pieces are included in the syllabus of Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music.