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Robert Chastain

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Robert Chastain


Robert (Bobby) Chastain (b. 1981, St. Petersburg, Fla.) is an American composer, conductor and bassoonist.

Chastain began his formal musical training at the age of 17 in the public school system of Pinellas County, Florida, teaching himself to play the bassoon before earning a performance scholarship to the University of Florida. His mster's in music came from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where his composition teachers include Robert Kyr, David Crumb, George Tsontakis, Narcis Bonet, Daniel J. Becker, Paul Richards, and Paul Basler.

Recent commissions/performances include his O salutaris Hostia, premiered by Craig Hella Johnson at the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Bitter Winter for soprano Estelí Gomez and chamber players, A Most Salutary Gift (clarinet quintet) for the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE). He also conducted the premier of his Requiem in bello (Requiem in Time of War) for wind symphony with his ensemble, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble in addition to recording his orchestral work, Metanoia, with the same group.

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