DMA, Catholic University
MM, Florida State University
BME, Florida State University
Dr. Christian Dickinson has taught at IUP since 1985. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University of America. His principal teachers have been William Cramer, Matty Shiner, and Milton Stevens on trombone, and Philip Spurgeon and Istvan Jaray for conducting. In addition to his trombone duties, he also teaches theory and brass methods and conducts the Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir.
Dr. Dickinson has performed as principal trombone with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Keystone Wind Ensemble, the McKeesport Symphony, and the Altoona Symphony and was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony. As a soloist, he has performed with the Johnstown Symphony, U.S. Army Orchestra, North Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Ohio University Summer Band, Frostburg State Chamber Players, IUP Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphony Band. He has appeared as soloist at the Eastern and International Trombone Workshops and has presented clinics at Eastern MENC and PMEA conventions. He has also performed for Frankie Avalon, Lew Christie, Peter Nero, Olivia Newton-John, Frankie Valli, Leann Rimes, and Bernadette Peters.
As a member of the Keystone Wind Ensemble, Dr. Dickinson has recorded 12 discs featuring all styles of wind music. He is the trombonist with the HoodleBug Brass, the faculty brass quintet at IUP. The HoodleBug Brass has recorded three CDs, the latest being a commercial recording of Christmas favorites. In October 2012, he toured Russia with the HoodleBug Brass, performing at venues in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Dr. Dickinson holds a third-degree black belt in Songham Taekwondo.
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