Christopher Vaneman is Associate Professor of Flute and is the Head of Converse College’s Petrie School of Music. Chris completed his studies at Yale University, where he studied with Ransom Wilson and from which he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Chris holds MM and MMA degrees from Yale as well as an Honors BM from the Eastman School; he has also attended the Salzburg Mozarteum and Belgium’s Conservatoire Royal, where he studied under a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He studied at Eastman with Bonita Boyd, in Brussels with Jean-Michel Tanguy, and in Salzburg with Andras Adorjan. He has also studied contemporary flute techniques with Robert Dick in New York and Baroque performance practice and ornamentation with Barthold Kuijken in Belgium.
Past President of the South Carolina Flute Association, Chris is flutist of the flute-oboe-piano trio Ensemble Radieuse (whose first CD, Inbox, features three newly-commissioned works, and who were prizewinners in the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition) and the New York-based Echo. For years he taught during the summer at Pennsylvania’s Performing Arts Institute, and he has served as a clinician around the USA and abroad. Chris has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Germany and Denmark as well as in the United States and served as principal flutist of the Reigate Festival Orchestra in England, among other ensembles. Recent performances have taken him to Europe, Central America, and the Middle East, among other interesting places.