Author Archives: Chris Meister

About Chris Meister

Christopher Meister holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in Music Composition. In 1984 he orchestrated the "Brescia" version of Madame Butterfly for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and in 1986 was a nominee for the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award in Music Composition. He read an original paper “Towards a Correlation of Tonal Structure and Figural Behavior in the ‘Introduction’ to The Rite of Spring” at the New Hampshire Composers’ Conference (NHCC) in 1987; two years later his string quartet was chosen to be read through at the NHCC, and it was subsequently performed by the Apollo Quartet when they toured Ohio, Illinois and Missouri in 1991. His piano sonata was performed at the national convention of the Society of Composers International in 1992; and his paper “Convergence as a Mode of Musical Organization: Comparing Varése’s Hyperprism with Penderecki’s Polymorphia” appears online in the music theory journal ex tempore, volume VII/1 (1995). Currently, Mr. Meister teaches class piano, music theory, and music appreciation at CPCC. He lives in Union county with his wife and daughter, both of whom have performed at Carnegie Hall. He is itching for his turn.

Spring 2020 Music Department Concerts and Events

Click on the drop-down menu under “CPCC Music Performances” for a list of Music Department Concerts and Events for the Spring 2020 Semester. “Concerts” are just that — formal gatherings where you’re supposed to turn off your electronic communication devices, … Continue reading

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Tracking Our Genomic History

This article, by Carl Zimmer, appeared in Discover Magazine in 2011.   Neanderthal Neuroscience

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Seasonally Appropriate Ruminations on the Wise Men

December 17, 2013 In the West we have relegated this time of year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The link (below) leads to an article (I stumbled across it about fifteen years ago) which forces us to reflect upon … Continue reading

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Elliott Carter (composer) and Charles Rosen (pianist).

  CarterObituary RosenObituary Here are two obituaries I’ve paired together for a couple of reasons.   First, Carter and Rosen both died within several weeks of each other.  And Rosen’s watershed book The Classical Style (a book about the music of Haydn and … Continue reading

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Music Department Website URL

Many of your questions about the Music Department can be answered by visiting its website at   There you’ll find links concerning the programs of study, degrees offered within the programs, applied study (meaning “lessons”), audition forms (you’ll need these … Continue reading

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Hello, readers.

Welcome to the CPCC Music Department Blog, one in a whole family of  CPCC Blogs. The main reason for this blog is to keep students informed of the goings-on in the music department–perhaps by providing an opportunity for their voices to … Continue reading

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