Joel Chapman

conductor, singer, songwriter





Joel Chapman is a conductor, bass-baritone, and songwriter in the Bay Area. He sings professionally with Volti, an SF-based ensemble that performs and animates completely new works, as well as Endersnight, a choir specializing in Renaissance music. A sought-after low bass, Joel has been made appearances with groups peppered throughout the Bay Area, including the San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, Convivium, California Bach Society, and Stanford Chamber Chorale. A composer and songwriter, Joel is co-creator of Gravity, a new musical most recently seen at the 2016 TheatreWorks New Works Festival in Palo Alto. As an educator, he teaches voice privately and works with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir as a conductor and accompanist. Joel’s new work for TTBB chorus, The Song, poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye, will debut on April 20 with the Fog City Singers


Recent theatrical credits include Sweeney Todd (music director, Judge Turpin), The Last Five Years (music director), Sunday in the Park with George (music director), Company (music director), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), My Fair Lady (music director), and [Title of Show]  (music director).


Joel is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his B.A. in Music with honors with focus in vocal performance and conducting. Joel studied with Gregory Wait, Laura Dahl, and Stephen Sano. At Stanford, Joel was a recipient of the Carolyn Applebaum Memorial Prize for his work as a conductor in bringing over fifty students together for his senior recital. He also received the Stanford Chamber Chorale Director’s Choice Award for his leadership and dedication to the group. Joel later received his M.A. in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), where he studied digital signal processing, recording technologies, and specialized in sound design.




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