Chris Beaty is a Professor of Saxophone at A&M-Commerce, teaching applied saxophone lessons, coaching quartets and conducting the saxophone choir. Additionally, he directs Jazz Ensemble I and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, pedagogy and history. He holds degrees from the University of Memphis, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Austin Peay State University. His principal teachers include Allen Rippe, Rick Van Matre, and Stephen Clark. Dr. Beaty has been an active soloist, chamber musician and educator for over 22 years.
Some career highlights include being selected as a 2011 Fulbright Teaching Scholar to Latvia and the release of his first solo jazz CD (Sax in Santa Fe) in 2009 hailed by the Santa Fe Jazz Examiner who stated, “selections are arranged and performed in a hip, contemporary sounding jazz groove…his lyrical side shines.” His recent performances include the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland, US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance conferences in Illinois, Oklahoma & Texas, concerto performances in Memphis and Commerce, and Jazz Festival and Commercial appearances in Missouri, New Mexico, California and the famous House of Blues clubs in Dallas & Houston.
Prior to his appointment at A&M-Commerce Dr. Beaty held teaching positions at Eastern New Mexico University and Austin Peay State University.
- DMA, Saxophone Performance, University of Memphis, 2004
- M.M., Saxophone Performance, University of Cincinnati, 1991
- B.S., Music Education, Austin Peay State University, 1989
- MUS 151: Minor Applied Saxophone
- MUS 149: Restricted Applied Saxophone
- MUS 552: Principal Applied Saxophone
- MUS 526: Saxophone Literature