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Terry Champlin Adjunct Artist in Music

Guitarist and composer Terry Champlin has written widely for all mediums, from orchestra to solo classical guitar. Originally educated as a theoretical physicist at MIT, he switched to music at the age of 21. His music has been performed in Korea, Japan, Mexico, Greece and throughout Europe by such groups as Evangelos and Liza, The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, The Highlands Symphony, Capitol Chamber Artists, The Christ the King Seminary Choir, Katerina Karabasn, and David Starobin. It has been described as “Haunting”, “Celebrating the human potential...you want to hear it again the minute it’s over” and “beautiful, inspired, and honest”. As a classical guitarist, he has performed extensively; several of his recordings have been released on the “Viennese Modern Masters” label. His music has been featured on WNYC and on the NPR Ars Nova television series. His video, The Earth Below, has received over 16,000 hits on YouTube.

As an arranger and editor, Mr. Champlin has worked with (among others) Alan Hovhaness, William Schumann, David Amram, Robert Cuckson, Peter Stearns, and David Loeb. He also has an extensive catalogue of adaptations of music by the traditional masters. He is on the faculties of Vassar College and the Mannes College of Music.

  • AB, Bard College
  • At Vassar since 1975


Research and Academic Interests

  • Guitar

Departments and Programs


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Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Champlin