Dr. Chi-Sun Chan received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) in brass performance from Boston University. Besides concert toured to Japan and Taiwan, as a professional tuba player, his concert appearance has included Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Berklee Performance Center, MIT Kresge Auditorium, and Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. He has been invited to perform at University of Kentucky and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Affiliated Youth Band as guest soloist. Since 2009 Dr. Chan joined the Concord Band as principal tuba and appeared as featured soloist in the Band’s 2013 Fall Concert.
Having a deep connection with Chinese culture Dr. Chan has presented music with Chinese instrument. In 2003, Dr. Chan presented a lecture recital titled, “Chinese Music Transcribed for Tuba and Guzheng” at the Northeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at University of Massachusetts in which the music he arranged and performed has been recorded by Professor John Manning in his solo album, Four Corners.
Besides given tuba lecture and masterclass, Dr. Chan has invited to give Chinese music lectures at such colleges as Harvard University, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Lasell College, Wellesley College, and University of Kentucky. As the music director/conductor of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) Chinese Music Ensemble since 2002 Dr. Chan has led the ensemble to perform in Carnegie Hall, Fraser Performance Studio, Kresge Auditorium, Casey Theater and recorded the ensemble’s first CD album “Gathering of the Heroes”. In April 2016, Dr. Chan led the ensemble to perform the National Anthem for the Boston Celtics Asian Heritage Night at TD Garden which is possibly the first time for a NBA’s game to use Chinese ensemble to perform the U.S. National Anthem. He has also led the ensemble to participate in some local events such as the Dragon Boat Festival, GBCCA’s Family Night, TedXBoston, and provides educational concerts in the public library of Concord, Lexington, Bedford, and Belmont.
In 2012 Dr. Chan founded the Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble, an ensemble that promotes Chinese percussion music. Besides participating in Newton Kid’s Funfest and Pawtucket Arts Festival the ensemble has given performance in such venues as John Hancock Hall, Peabody Essex Museum. The ensemble has been selected three-time to perform in the Annual Chinese Music Instrument Competition and Concert in First Church of Boston.
Dr. Chan’s dissertation topic: A comprehensive analysis of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Tuba Concerto