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Charles Torian

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Charles Torian

Biography

Charles J. Torian (b. 26 December 1940, Hampton, Virginia) is an American composer, oboeist, educator and businessman.

Mr. Torian graduated from the U.S. Naval School of Music and played oboe and English horn in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He earned a B.S. in music education at Frederick College in Portsmouth, Va., and a Master of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He held positions playing oboe and English horn in the Norfolk (now Virginia) Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and the Frederick (Maryland) Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he had a twenty-five year teaching career in public school band and choral education, teaching in Hampton and Lexington, Virginia as well as in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mr. Torian is currently the music director of the Orange, Virginia, Community Band, and he is also a former music director at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, where he and his wife, Theresa, shared leadership responsibilities for eight choirs and instrumental ensembles. He is a freelance composer and arranger of band and choral music, writing also for various instrumental ensembles.

Mr. Torian is the owner of Hummingbird Music, a small music publishing concern.


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