Mr. Chris Tran

Phone: 469-752-9495


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.

Under the direction of Brian Coatney and Chris Tran, the Plano Senior High School Chamber Orchestra was invited and performed at the Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference in 2017, and under the direction of Brian Coatney, Chris Tran, and Jason Lewis, the Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform and compete at the 2020 National Orchestra Festival at the American String Teachers Assocation National Conference in Orlando, FL.

In 2019, Mr. Tran was awarded one of Plano ISD's Grants to Educators in support of re-establishing and developing the jazz/pop amplified string ensemble "Evolution" at Plano Senior HS. 

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) and the Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA). 

Teacher Schedule

  • 1st period: Evolution

    2nd Period: Teaming

    3rd Period: Sinfonia

    4th Period: Chamber

    5th Period: Symphony

    6th Period: Philharmonic

    7th Period: Conference

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