Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Studies
Office: Crawford 107
Education: BM, Rutgers University, 1998; MM, Rutgers University, 2001; DMA, University of Washington, 2006. At SPU since 2001.
Dr. Brian Chin is an assistant professor of music at Seattle Pacific University, where he serves as the coordinator of Music Theory. He teaches many of the core music degree classes, including freshman Aural Skills and Advanced Music Theory with courses in Chromatic Harmony, Form and Analysis, and 20th Century Composition Techniques. Dr. Chin also directs an innovative Learning Assistant Program connected to aural skills, which is helping to redefine music teaching in higher education.
As an international trumpet soloist and advocate for new music, Dr. Chin has commissioned and premiered many works for trumpet and is the creator of the Universal Language Project, an organization committed to creating art music for the 21st century. He also performs on baroque trumpet and is a co-founder of an early music ensemble, the Seattle Trumpet Consort. He also serves as principal trumpet for the Tacoma Symphony, records for film studio projects, and performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Opera Orchestra. His two solo recordings are titled Universal Language and Eventide.
Please view Brian Chin's C.V. (PDF) for more information.
Why I Teach at SPU
Brian Chin, Director of Music Theory; Assistant Professor of Music
"A life in music is a joy-filled and humbling lifelong education, and I believe that we musicians, young and old, are on this journey together. The 21st century is an era that rewards the skills of the complete musician, and SPU is uniquely positioned to encourage this blossoming of talent. Through teaching, I consciously choose to invest my sacred time on Earth to walk and create with my fellow artists and incite human flourishing."