Dr. Alicia Chapman

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Dr. Alicia
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Assistant Professor of Oboe
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Room 110, Broyhill Music Center
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Alicia Chapman joined the Appalachian State applied music faculty as instructor of oboe in January 2001. She is principal oboist with the Harrisburg (PA) and Asheville symphonies and plays English horn with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as principal oboist of the Heritage Chamber Orchestra (SC), the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra (NY), and the Bridgeport Symphony (CT). Chapman has recorded with New York Philomusica, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and New York Kammermusiker. She has toured internationally as a chamber musician, performing in festivals in Prague, Dresden, and Salzburg. A tour of Southeast Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble included concerts in Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei). While living in New York, Alicia Chapman was an extra and sub with the Metropolitan Opera, and played for several national tours with the New York City Opera.

At Appalachian, Dr. Chapman is the director of the Collegium Musicum - the student early music class and ensemble - and is coordinator of Woodwind Chamber Music. She is a founding member of Harmonia Baroque, Appalachian's resident professional early music ensemble, performing on historical instruments. Harmonia Baroque brings early music to Western North Carolina with performances on concert series and through Arts Councils in Hendersonville, Asheville, Belmont, and West Jefferson.

A native Vermonter, Alicia Chapman began musical studies at the age of sixteen with Neil Boyer at the University of Vermont. Chapman earned both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Mannes College of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York. Her major teachers were Elaine Douvas, Ronald Roseman, and Mark Hill.

Dr. Chapman studies and performs abroad on the historical oboe during the summer months. In addition to her teaching commitment at Appalachian, she maintains an active studio of private students in the Western North Carolina region.

Professional Experience:

  • Principal oboe, Harrisburg Symphony 1986-present
  • Principal oboe, Asheville Symphony 1999-present
  • English horn, Greensboro Symphony 1997-present
  • North Carolina Baroque Orchestra 2010-present
  • Harmonia Baroque 2000-present
  • Principal oboe, Asheville Lyric Opera 1999-2006
  • English horn, Eastern Phil. Orch. (NC) 1996-2001
  • NY City Opera National Company Tour 1991; 1996; 1997
  • Principal oboe, Bridgeport Symphony (CT) 1989-1998
  • Principal oboe, Connecticut Grand Opera 1990-1995
  • New York Philomusica 1991-1998
  • Bach Choir of Bethlehem 1992-1995

Solo Performances:

  • Solo Artist, AmiciMusic, 2013, 2012
  • Harrisburg Symphony, concerto soloist, 2008, 1995, 1992, 1987
  • Asheville Symphony, concerto soloist, 2012, 2009
  • Music at St. Albans (NC), Baroque oboe concerto soloist, 2006, 2005
  • Faculty recitals, Appalachian State University, 1995-present
  • Faculty recitals, Mannes College of Music, 1986-1996
  • Trinity/St. Paul series (NYC), 1993, 1990, 1987, 1985

Additional Performance:

  • Mallarme Chamber Players, 2011, 2010
  • Music at St. John the Divine (NY), 2010, 2009
  • North Carolina Symphony, EH sub, 1995-present
  • Winston-Salem Symphony, sub, 1996-2002
  • Prague Spring Festival, S.E.M. Ensemble, 1995
  • NY Symphonic Ensemble tour, Southeast Asia, 1990
  • NY Kammermusiker tours, DDR, 1988; Europe, 1989
  • Metropolitan Opera, extra and sub, 1989-2001

Audition Finals:

  • Phoenix Symphony, EH/Assistant Principal
  • Lucarelli International Solo Oboe Competition (semi-finalist)
  • Charleston Symphony (runner up)
  • North Carolina Symphony
  • Albany Symphony (runner up)
  • Barcelona Orchestra
  • Hartford Symphony (runner up)


  • Asheville Music School, joined faculty 2013
  • Faculty, Appalachian State University, 1998-present
  • Faculty, Western Carolina University, 1997-1998
  • Private Studio, New York 1985-1995; North Carolina 1995-present
  • Faculty, Mannes College of Music, preparatory division, NY, 1985-1995

Music Festivals:

  • Amherst Early Music Festival and Opera, 2013
  • Keowee Chamber Music Festival, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2004
  • Cambridge (UK) Early Music, 2002, 2001
  • Eastern Music Festival, 1996-2001
  • A.I.M.S. Festival, Graz, Austria, 1991
  • Salzburg Festival, 1989
  • Handel Festival, Dresden Germany, 1988
  • International Academy, France, 1985


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, City University of New York, 2005
  • Post-graduate study with Elaine Douvas
  • Master of Music, Mannes College of Music; student of Elaine Douvas, 1986
  • Bachelor of Music, Mannes College of Music, student of Mark Hill, 1985
  • Baroque oboe studies with Virginia Brewer, Gail Hennessy, Washington McClain, Marc Schachman