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Christopher Fashun, D.M.A
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Orchestras



Department of Music
Miller Center for Musical Arts, Rm 173
Tel: 616-395-6802

Christopher H. Fashun is excited to join the Music Department at Hope College. An incredibly diverse and versatile conductor and performer, Fashun is an Assistant Professor of Music where he serves as the Director of Orchestras, the Music Director of the Brazilian Music Ensemble, and as an Instructor of Instrumental Music Education.

In addition to his conducting activities at Hope College, Dr. Fashun is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. In the 2015-16 season, he will be guest conducting the Holland Symphony Orchestra in its December holiday concert. In partnership with the HSO, Dr. Fashun and the Hope College Orchestra will be premiering one of the winning compositions of the 2015 Young American Composer’s Competition. Other notable engagements have included the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra, the University of Iowa Philharmonia and All-University Orchestras. Dr. Fashun conducted the Symphony String Orchestra at the IMEA Conference for the All-State Iowa Junior Honors String Orchestra Festival Concert. He has served on the music faculties at St. Ambrose University and Goshen College. Additionally, Dr. Fashun’s conducting experience includes leading orchestras and wind bands at the high school and middle school levels and directing jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drumlines at the high school level.

An accomplished percussionist and violist, he has several years of orchestral and chamber music experience and has enjoyed success in both areas as a soloist by winning three concerto competitions. Dr. Fashun is scheduled to perform in November as a marimba soloist with Windiana, a wind ensemble in Valparaiso, IN.

One of the highlights of joining the Music Department for Dr. Fashun is creating and directing the Brazilian Music Ensemble, which will focus on various drumming styles of Brazil. He has concentrated his study of world percussion in Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian music and dance over the past 15 years. Most notably, his teachers include Mestre Jorge Alabe, Michael Spiro, Mark Lamson, Curtis Pierre, Jorge Martins, and Scott Kettner.

Dr. Fashun’s current research is a twofold extension of his doctoral dissertation, “Developing Musicianship from the Podium”. The first is studying new approaches to undergraduate conducting curricula that focus on the development of expressive gestures and skills and the second is integrating the pedagogical approaches of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance Project into existing curriculum for undergraduate music education majors.

Dr. Fashun holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he studied conducting with Steven Amundson and Timothy Mahr and viola with Andrea Een. He received his Masters of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Anthony DiSanza and continued his conducting studies with David E. Becker. Dr. Fashun holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa where he studied conducting with William LaRue Jones and viola with Christine Rutledge.