Violist and composer Isaiah Chapman hails from Amarillo, Texas, where, at 10 years old, formal musical studies on viola began. Following his high school graduation, Isaiah commenced his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he played in the UNT Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum ensemble. Outside of school, Isaiah substituted frequently with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra in Monroe, Louisiana from 2014-2017, and played with the Austin Baroque Orchestra in the 2016-2017 season. He has participated three times in the Boston Early Music Festival—twice in June 2015 and 2017, with the University of North Texas’s Collegium Musicum, and a third time with the Eastman School of Music’s Collegium Musicum in 2019.
During his graduate studies, Isaiah has played in the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, Musica Nova Ensemble, and Collegium Musicum, along with playing in each Bach Cantata Series. Isaiah commenced further graduate studies as a double MM major in Composition and Historical Performance—Baroque Viola at the Peabody Institute of Music in August, 2019. In January 2020, Isaiah was invited to participate in the first Smithsonian Haydn Academy in Washington, D.C., where he performed quartets from Op. 9 and Op. 17 on period instruments with groups led by violinist Adriane Post and cellist Kenneth Slowik.
Isaiah has studied with Susan Dubois, Daphne Gerling, and Masumi Per Rostad on viola; Cynthia Roberts and Allen Whear on baroque viola; and, composition with Diana Rosenblum. He currently studies composition with Oscar Bettison, baroque viola with Risa Browder, and viola da gamba with John Moran.
Isaiah holds three Bachelor of Music degrees in Viola Performance, Music Theory, and Music Education from the University of North Texas, cum laude, and a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music.