About

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Charles Perryman is a composer, orchestrator, and teacher based in the Washington D.C. metro area. His original works draw upon his love for contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic music, and bluegrass. By combining elements from these diverse styles, Chuck strives to create new music that is both sonically attractive and musically rewarding.

As an up and coming composer, Chuck's works have been recognized at national composition conferences and composition contests including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music is the United States (S.E.A.M.U.S.) and the Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year Student Reading Competition. Most recently, Chuck's unaccompanied choral work Demagogue won top prize in The Capital Hearings 2016 Young Composers Competition. Chuck is also the co-founder and director of operations of StageFree, a new music ensemble in Washington, D.C.

Chuck has also produced orchestrations and arrangements for a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles including the Fairfax Symphony, the National Broadway Chorus, and the American Pops orchestra. His arrangements were recently featured at the 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS and 2016 Helen Hayes Awards.

In 2013, Chuck completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition at West Virginia University (W.V.U.). He continues to develop and teach online music theory classes for the W.V.U. music program. Chuck earned a Bachelor of Music in composition from Shenandoah University in 2006 and a Master of Music in composition from W.V.U. in 2008.