Charles Coltman, D.M.A.


Charles Coltman is Professor of woodwinds and is head of the Music Business program at Hardin-Simmons University. Dr. Coltman completed the D.M.A. degree in clarinet at the University of North Texas where he was a student of James Gillespie. He has a M.M. in Woodwinds and a B.M. in Clarinet Performance also from The University of North Texas. He did post-graduate study on clarinet at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Peter Hadcock. His teachers include Lee Gibson, John Scott, Andy Crisanti, James Riggs, and Eric Nestler.

Dr. Coltman has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Texas Wind Symphony, and the Casa Manana Orchestra. He has been a member of the Dallas Summer Musicals Orchestra for over twenty years and has performed for Phantom of the Opera, Will Rogers Follies, Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Showboat, and Wicked, among others. He has toured with national tours of Evita and La Cage aux folles. He is a former member of the Texas Saxophone Quartet which reached the semi-finals of the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York City. He is currently assistant principal clarinet of the Abilene Philharmonic and continues to freelance in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Dr. Coltman has played for artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Ben Vereen, Hal Linden, Carol Lawrence, and Barry Manilow. He recently took over the position of Director of the Abilene Chamber Players, a resident ensemble at Harden-Simmons University comprised of HSU faculty and local guest artists. The Chamber Players perform three concerts a year with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st century music. He has taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Dallas Baptist University, Cedar Valley Community College, Mountain View Community College, and the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, the International Clarinet Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and Phi Mu Alpha.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor's, Clarinet Performance, The North Texas State University, 1973
  • Master's, Woodwinds, The North Texas State University, 1983
  • Doctorate, Clarinet Performance, The North Texas State University, 2002

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