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Arthur D. Chodoroff

Professor Emeritus

Departments:

Instrumental Studies
Bands

Contact:

adcnac@temple.edu

 

    • Arthur D. Chodoroff served as Director of Bands from 1977-2011. Chodoroff was the conductor of the Wind Symphony and the Wind Ensemble, instructed advanced undergraduate and graduate conducting students, and taught courses in music education. He was the founding conductor of the Collegiate Band and Wind Ensemble. He conducted concerts with the Chamber Winds and Sinfonia Orchestra, was Chair of the Department of Instrumental Studies from 1996-2005 and Area Coordinator for Woodwinds and Brass.

       

      Chodoroff served as Director of the Diamond Marching Band from 1977-1996 and as Director of the Temple Jazz Ensemble from 1976-1991. Under his direction, performances by the Diamond Marching Band included the Mirage Bowls I and II in Tokyo, Japan; the Garden State Bowl; the Bicentennial Constitution Parade; Philadelphia Eagles games; the 1983 Phillies World Series; and Temple football games on campuses in several states.  Performances by the Jazz Ensemble included tours in the U.S.; invitational concerts for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and Eastern Music Educators National Conference; the Villanova Jazz Festival; and the Rowan University Collegiate Jazz Festival. The Jazz Ensemble also performed at Temple's summer Ambler Music Festival with guest soloists Dizzy Gillespie and Phil Woods. 

       

      Under his direction, three recordings of the Temple University Wind Symphony were released: American Sounds, in 1992 by Toshiba-EMI; Temple University Wind Symphony; Arthur Chodoroff, conductor and Karel Husa, guest conductor with soloists Anthony Gigliotti, clarinet, Jonathan Blumenfeld, oboe, and Eric Carlson, trombone, in 1997 by Albany Records; and Celebrations, in 2011 by BCM&D Records.  Chodoroff also served as the faculty producer for the Boyer College's promotional CD Temple People Perform.  His performances with the Wind Symphony included tours in the U.S., well as invitations to perform for the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association, the Eastern Division of the Music Educators National Conference, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.  Performances on campus featured internationally known soloists including members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Brass Quintet and the Canadian Brass. His additional performances with Temple concert bands included such special events as Temple Convocations and Commencements, the dedication of the refurbished William Penn statue atop Philadelphia's City Hall, and performing "Hail to the Chief" for Presidents Carter and Reagan.  

      Chodoroff has served as President of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association, received the Citation of Excellence in higher education teaching by District 12 of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and was recognized as an outstanding music educator in the nation by the School Musician Director/Teacher magazine. Articles that he has authored have recently been accepted for publication by the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) and Teaching Music magazines. Chodoroff has guest conducted numerous high school honors, community, and professional bands and has adjudicated festivals throughout the country. Since retiring, he has served for a semester as an adjunct professor/conductor with the College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, provided in-service professional development workshops for music educators and he remains active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.