Colton Chapman is a musician who specializes in Classical and Electric Guitar (Guitar Composition, Songwriting, Rock, Post-rock, Death/Black Metal, and Music Production/Home Recording). Described by a close friend as, “a musical nerd who relishes in coloring outside the box”, he thoroughly enjoys teaching, composing and performing in a variety of styles.
Originally from San Antonio, TX, he began playing electric guitar at the age of 14, writing his own songs and playing in metal bands throughout high school. A late bloomer to classical guitar, he studied with Dr. Kim Perlak (Chair of Guitar at Berklee College of Music) at Austin Community College, where he received his Associates Degree in Music. He then completed his undergraduate studies with Dr. Mathew Dunne at The University of Texas at San Antonio, performing several of his original compositions in recitals, masterclasses, and The Blanton Museum of Contemporary Art in Austin, TX. He later went on to complete his Master’s Degree at The Manhattan School of Music in NYC with renowned guitarist composer Mark Delpriora, including private composition lessons with Dr. Reiko Fueting.
He has performed his compositions for some of the guitar communities leading composers, including Sergio Assad, Benjamin Verdery, Johannes Moller, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David Leisner, and has given premieres in NYC’s contemporary art spaces that include MISE-EN_Place and The Shed. He is also an active member in Riffhard, an online guitar community led by Guitarist John Browne of Monuments, where he participates in monthly songwriting challenges and discussions about everything related to playing, writing, and dissecting guitar riffs.
In 2020, his piece, “Sonata New York” for solo guitar was selected to be performed by himself as part of the The 21st Century Guitar Conference & Research Center in Portugal, Spain. Due to COVID 19, the event was held virtually, and a high quality video for the piece was made instead.
Colton’s teaching style is unique to each individual student, with a hyper focus on helping them achieve their personal goals by creating a fun learning environment with a structured practice regime.