Cellist Chas Barnard is a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he serves as a teaching assistant to Professor David Requiro and as a Lecturer in CU's Division of Continuing Education. He previously attended the University of Oregon on a full scholarship graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in cello performance. At graduation, Chas was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Strings by the UO School of Music & Dance faculty. During his time at University of Oregon, Chas’s cello teacher was Professor Steven Pologe. He also received regular coaching in chamber music from Professor David Riley and orchestral repertoire from Professor Kathryn Lucktenberg. In 2013-14, Chas received a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship to study with Professor Claudio Bohórquez at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. He also studied with Professor Bohórquez during the summer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to study with his primary teachers, Chas has participated in masterclasses and lessons including with Efe Baltacigil, Mark Kosower, Christopher Costanza, Lynn Harrell, Ronald Leonard, Stephen Balderston, Stephen Geber, Joshua Roman and Alisa Weilerstein.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Chas performs as a member of the Fort Collins Symphony and Boulder Philharmonic. Recent festival appearances include the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden) and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute.Chas has appeared as a concerto soloist including with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Valley Symphony, Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and the Marrowstone Summer Festival Chamber Orchestra in Bellingham, Washington. As a high school student in Ashland, Oregon studying with Thomas Stauffer, Chas won the OSAA State Solo Music Championship and the Oregon ASTA Solo Competition. As a member of the Schoenard Piano Trio, Chas was a junior division semi-finalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has also performed solo as part of a young artist recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
A devoted teacher, Chas is a mentor for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra and maintains private studios in Boulder, Broomfield & Longmont, Colorado. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Oregon Community Music Institute, the UO High School Orchestra Camp and the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. Chas also received Suzuki Teacher Training and completed coursework in pedagogy at both the University of Oregon and the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio and later Ashland, Oregon, Chas started cello in his public-school music program in fourth grade. His early musical mentors were Peter Thomas, Dr. Mark Hofeldt, Thomas Stauffer, Cynthia Stauffer, Dr. Martin Majkut and his father. In addition to performing and teaching, Chas enjoys learning about new things, following his favorite sport teams, spending time with family and friends, and taking in Colorado’s natural beauty.