Chris David Westover

Chris David Westover

Assistant Professor
Director of Bands
Position Type
Faculty
Service
- Present
Biography

An award-winning conductor, Dr. Westover has conducted wind ensembles and orchestras nationally and internationally. He was awarded First Prize by the jury of the 2019 Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition. Dr. Westover’s work has been described as “elegant, bold, vibrant, inspiring and centered,” by Augusta Read Thomas.

Prior to his current appointment as assistant professor of music at Denison, Dr. Westover led wind ensembles, orchestras and operatic performances at Bethel College (KS), the University of Oklahoma, and the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He has received acclaim for his performances with educational and professional ensembles.

Dr. Westover has presented his scholarship on Vincent Persichetti and Beethoven at Hong Kong Baptist University and the conferences of the College Band Directors National Association and Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik. He has conducted across the United States and in the People’s Republic of China and Poland.

Since 2017 he has been a frequent winner of the American Prize for Conducting in the choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble divisions. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and the Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU.

Degree(s)
B.A., M.M., Southern Methodist Univ.; D.M.A., Univ. of Oklahoma

Learning & Teaching

Courses
  • Denison University Wind Ensemble, music director
  • New Music Ensemble
  • MUS 104, Music Theory 1, Lab
  • MUS 105, Music Theory 2, Lab
  • MUS 204, Music Theory 3
  • MUS 206, Conducting
  • MUS 203/303, Beethoven’s Hero
  • MUS 228/328, 19th Century Music
Academic Positions

Coordinator of Wind and Brass Studies

Research

Details

Deconstructing Authenticity in Three Urtext Editions of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67: A Conductor’s Guide to Variant Readings for Performance.” Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma, 2016.

Holst's Chaconne from the Suite No. 1 in E-flat: A Contemporary Analysis. Journal of the National Band Association, 2007.

Works

Presentations
  • Persichetti, Vincent. Seventh Symphony (Liturgical). Edited and transcribed by Christopher David Westover. 2020.
  • Westover, Christopher David. 2020. “The Missing “Procession” of Vincent Persichetti’s Divertimento for Band and other revelations from the manuscript scores.” Paper presented at CBDNA-North Central Division Conference, Temple University, Feb. 21, 2020. [YouTube]
  • Westover, Christopher David. 2020. “Persichetti’s Peace Piece: A Lincoln Address and the Seventh Symphony.” Paper presented at CBDNA-North Central Division Conference, DePaul University, Feb. 20, 2020.
  • Westover, Christopher David. 2018. “Rediscovering Julius Viktor Gerold: the 1857 Transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.” Paper presented at Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung & Förderung der Blasmusik Conference, Wadgassen (Germany), July 2018.
  • Westover, Christopher David. 2018. “Revealing the Path to a Wind-Band Version of Persichetti’s Seventh Symphony.” Paper presented at CBDNA-North Central Division Conference, Western Michigan University, Feb. 22, 2018.
  • Westover, Christopher David. 2016. “Deconstructing Authenticity in Three Urtext Editions of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, op. 67.” Paper presented at International Conference on Performance and Creativity, Hong Kong Baptist University, November 2016.
  • Westover, Christopher David. “Deconstructing Authenticity in Three Urtext Editions of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67: A Conductor’s Guide to Variant Readings for Performance.” Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma, 2016.
  • Westover, Christopher David. “Holst’s Chaconne from the Suite No. 1 in E-flat: A Contemporary Analysis.” Journal of the National Band Association, 2007.

Service

Professional Memberships
  • College Band Director’s National Association
  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
  • Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik
  • The American Beethoven Society

Other

Honors & Awards

First Prize Winner of Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition, October 2019

2018-2019 American Prize in Conducting

  • College/University Band Division, 3rd Prize
  • College/University Chorus Division, 2nd Prize
  • Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, College/University Ensemble Division, 3rd Prize

2017-2018 American Prize in Conducting

  • Community Chorus Division, 2017-2018 – 2nd Prize
  • Community Orchestra Division, 2017-2018
  • 3rd Prize & Special Judges Citation: Career Encouragement Citation
  • Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, College/University Ensemble Division, 2017-2018 – Finalist—Honorable Mention
  • Professional Orchestra Division, 2017-2018 – Finalist

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