Stanley Chepaitis Stanley Chepaitis, D.M.A.
Associate Professor


Phone: 724-357-4566

Office Hours:
by Appointment

Violin & Viola
Theory Skills

Dr. Stanley Chepaitis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree as well as the coveted Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied violin with John Celentano, Renato Bonacini, Carroll Glenn, and Raphael Bronstien. Chepaitis has studied jazz composition and improvisation with John Blake, Bill Dobbins and Rayburn Wright. Chepaitis is also the Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies. This group of twelve string players specializes in new, jazz-related works and arrangements, as well as the standard repertoire. He also performs on a regular basis with his own jazz quartet.

Recent performances include recitals at the Eastman School's Kilbourne Hall and at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia. He has recently performed concerti with orchestra by Prokofiev, Dvorak, Beethoven, Bach, Saint-Saens, as well as his own Concerto for Two Violins with String Orchestra and Jazz Trio with John Blake as the other soloist.

Dr. Chepaitis has recorded several CDs. Old News and Borrowed Blues is eclectic and wide-ranging. The title cut from his most recent CD, Transformative Dreams, evolved out a series of disturbing dreams. Other compositions include Child's Play for String Quartet which won second prize in MTNA's national Distinguished Composer Competition; Chaos For Two, for two violinists; Paganini in the Vernacular, for violin and piano; and The Four Seasons, for violin and orchestra.

Dr. Chepaitis has created an innovative, holistic approach for teaching improvisation to string players of all ages and is much sought after as a clinician. His clinics for the summer of 2002 will take him to Hannover, Germany; Pullman, Washington; Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio; and Williamsport, PA.