Lon Chaffin

12:25 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Inspiration: A Conversation About Poetry, Art and Music with Larry Thomas and Lon Chaffin

Composer Lon Chaffin and Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas
Credit Leora Zeitlin

The subtle colors, delicate brushwork and subject matter of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “From the Faraway, Nearby” inspired Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas to write a poem that would allow him “to enter the mind of the painter.” His poem was then used by composer and NMSU Music Department Chair Lon Chaffin to compose a choral work that was premiered at the spring concert of the University Singers.

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4:07 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Opening Doors to Music: A Conversation with Two Composers

We've all seen beautiful paintings and photographs of doors; far less common is music inspired by them. NMSU tuba professor Dr. Jim Shearer asked his colleague, Lon Chaffin (Music Department Chair) to write a work inspired by doors -- and using photographs taken by Albuquerque artist Jim Gale, Chaffin incorporated the images into a multi-media composition. Shearer also commissioned Arkansas-based composer Lester Pack and NMSU alumnus Justin Raines to compose new works.