Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
407 West Q. St.
Russellville, AR 72801
Dr. Christopher Anderson serves as the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Arkansas Tech University. He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble which has recently been selected to perform at the 2014 CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference, and is the director of Arkansas' Band of Distinction, ATU's marching band. Christopher is also the Executive Director of the ATU summer band camps that provide music education to over 1000 student musicians each year.
Christopher Anderson is an active clinician and conductor throughout the United States with frequent appearances conducting honor bands and teaching masterclasses in conducting and performance techniques. In September, 2013, he served as a guest artist and conductor in residence at the University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia conducting the SCM Wind Symphony.
Having transcribed over 125 works for wind ensemble, marching band, jazz ensemble, and saxophone quartet, his most recent publication is a wind transcription of John Corigliano's Elegy published by G. Schirmer. He is currently working on a transcription of John Corigliano's Tournaments which will premier in early 2014. Additionally, he served as an engraver for Merlin Patterson's transcriptions of Charles Ives' Concord Symphony and Gustav Holst's The Planets. He served as a programming assistant for the Dallas Wind Symphony in 2010-2011, and has served as the Secretary for the Big 12 Band Directors Association. His research has been presented at conferences such as the Texas Music Educators Association, Arkansas Music Educators Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.
Prior to his appointment at Arkansas Tech University, Dr. Anderson was the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of the Goin' Band from Raiderland at Texas Tech University. His bands have performed in the Cotton Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Houston Bowl, and the Insight Bowl. He held similar posts at Stephen F. Austin State University and Abilene Christian University. He began his career teaching in the public schools at Keller High School, an award-winning music program near Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Anderson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Music in Conducting from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Abilene Christian University. His primary conducting teachers include Jerry F. Junkin, John Paynter, and Fred J. Allen. He is a member of ASBOA, the Arkansas Bandmaster Association, CBDNA, WASBE, and Phi Beta Mu. He also holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Christopher, his wife Amy, and their children, reside in Russellville, Arkansas.