Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, University of Colorado Boulder Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Southern Methodist University Texas Music EC-12 Teacher Certification
Mr. Chris Tran
Chris Tran is a music educator and conductor originally from Houston, TX. Mr. Tran is the Associate Director of Orchestras at Plano Senior High School, appointed in the fall of 2017. He earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting in 2017 from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), primarily studying with Gary Lewis. At CU-Boulder, Mr. Tran also studied opera conducting with Nicholas Carthy and violin with Charles Wetherbee, concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic. Prior to this, he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University (SMU), studying conducting with Paul Phillips and violin with Diane Kitzman, Principal Violin of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Previous professional and educational appointments include: Cover Conductor for the Boulder Philharmonic, Co-Music Director of the CU-Boulder Campus Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor and Teaching Assistant for both the CU-Boulder University Symphony Orchestra and Eklund Opera. As Assistant Conductor for Eklund Opera, he has worked on productions of Copland’s The Tender Land, Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Tran has also served on the violin, chamber music, and conducting faculty of the Sam Houston State University Summer Orchestra Camp for five years and the University of Texas at Arlington Summer Strings Camp for two years.
Mr. Tran has also been an invited participant conductor at several masterclasses and workshops in Boulder, Los Angeles, Eugene, St. Andrews (Scotland, United Kingdom), and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA with Cristian Măcelaru, Thomas Sleeper, and Leonard Slatkin. He has also worked with conductors Jeff Grogan, Neil Thomson, Donald Schleicher, Neil Varon, and Sian Edwards.
Mr. Tran is the recipient of the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Bill Cormack Undergraduate Scholarship and the 2011 Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA) Barbara Eads Memorial Scholarship. Professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).
1st period: Evolution
2nd Period: Teaming
3rd Period: Sinfonia
4th Period: Chamber
5th Period: Symphony
6th Period: Philharmonic
7th Period: Conference