Christopher Deane

Professor of Percussion

Director of UNT Percussion Players Ensemble

Department(s)

Instrumental Studies, Percussion

Contact Information

Office Location: 
Music Building
Office #: 
140
Phone: 
940-565-3714

Christopher Deane was Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas College of Music from 2000-2021 teaching orchestral timpani, mallets, and directing the UNT Percussion Players. He held performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied with James Massie Johnson, former principal timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony and percussion with Allen Otte. He also studied independently with Roland Kohloff, N.Y. Philharmonic, Eugene Espino, Cincinnati Symphony and Leonard Schulman, N.Y. City Opera.

He was formerly principal percussionist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and was principal timpanist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony and appeared on five recordings with that ensemble. Deane was the principal timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony for nine years and performed with the North Carolina Symphony for ten years. He has performed with numerous large ensembles including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Virginia Symphony working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Loren Maazel, Andrew Litton, Jaap van Sweden, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Keith Lockhart. His chamber music experience included performances with the Percussion Group Cincinnati, Aeolian Chamber Players, Mallarme Chamber Players and Philidor Percussion Group. He appeared in more than seventy performances as a concerto soloist with either symphony orchestras or wind ensembles.

Deane was the faculty percussionist for the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine from 1982 to 1989. Over the course of those eight years Deane worked closely with composer George Crumb performing his music and serving as a consultant to Crumb for works including Idyll for the Misbegotten, Quest, and Haunted Landscapes. Deane served as a percussionist for the American Dance Festival from 1992 to 1996. He has also served as faculty percussionist for the Vale Veneto Music Festival in Brazil.

Deane recorded as a timpanist, percussionist and Hungarian cimbalom soloist. He was a featured concerto soloist on two UNT Wind Symphony recordings featuring the concertos of Joseph Schwantner, Russell Peck and William Kraft under the baton of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He also recorded the music of Stravinsky with conductor Robert Craft for the Naxos Label, and recorded with the Detroit Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Mallarme Chamber Players, St. Stevens Chamber Orchestra and Winston-Salem Symphony.

He won both 1st and 2nd prize in the PAS Composition Competition. He studied Composition with Sherwood Shaffer, Robert Ward, and Charles Fussell, and independently with Ben Johnston. He received numerous commissions including the Percussive Arts Society, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Kentucky. His music has been performed and recorded internationally and a number of his compositions have become standard literature on concerts and recitals worldwide. He served two terms on the PAS Board of Directors. In 2019 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Percussive Arts Society. He was a clinician for the Bergerault/Dynasty Corporation, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.