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Chris Boardman


Chris Boardman is the director of the Media Writing and Production Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and teaches Film Scoring and Advanced Music Editing. Beginning his career in the film, television and recording industries in 1974, Boardman has consistently worked at the top echelon of the entertainment industry receiving an Academy Award nomination for “The Color Purple”, 6 Emmy Awards, 13 Emmy nominations, ASCAP and BMI awards and multiple platinum records for work with such iconic artists as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Speilberg, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch and Josh Groban. Well known in Hollywood circles a one of a handful of musicians who can literally write anything, Boardman’s credits span both industry and genre. Whether it be conducting David Foster’s “World Children’s Day for television, composing the 70’s inspired score for Mel Gibson’s Payback, arranging period dance music for Swing Kids and Meet Joe Black,orchestrating Chaplin for Broadway or releasing and producing solo recordings as an artist, Boardman embraces these challenges with characteristic integrity and passion making him one of the most uniquely versatile and highly respected musicians in the industry. He attended Weber State University and continued on to California State University Northridge, working simultaneously in Los Angeles recording studios. Always looking for new challenges, Boardman is the founder of a successful social media content strategy consulting business and is at the forefront of the fast moving online media space.

Title/Position: Program Director, Media Writing and Production; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Why did you choose music as your career?
By the time I went to college I was already working as a musician, playing gigs, writing songs. A career in music was inevitable, natural evolution.
What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Certainly meeting my mentor, Billy Byers, at 17 had the greatest impact. His encouragement and support enabled my entire career to unfold. We all need support and
understanding as we embark on a journey as abstract and uncertain as making music for a living. I was lucky to have him in my life.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people….it’s hard to single out one over another.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
Dean Berg is a dynamic, vibrant force of nature who is assembling a top rate faculty who share his vision. There’s a lot going on here and, as Henry Mancini advised years ago: “go where the action is.”
Finish the statement, “Music is …”
“Music is” .... pretty much says it all for me.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
Through the years I have been fortunate to consistently work with exceptionally bright, talented entertainers, filmmakers and musicians. They all possessed passion for
their art, dedication to learning and a great work ethic. Sharing my experiences, knowledge and craft is why I chose to come to the Frost School of Music.
What music have you been listening to lately?
I’m a sucker for a great performance….doesn’t matter much what genre.
Romeo and Juliet- Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra
Vince Gill- Go Rest High On That Mountain- Live at Carnegie Hall
Eva Cassidy- Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Live at Blues Alley)
Dave Grusin- On Golden Pond
Michael Jackson- “The Way You Make Me Feel”
What is your teaching philosophy? What do you expect from students at the Frost School of Music?
We all have a unique view of the world and a story to tell. It is my job as a teacher to provide the necessary tools and support that enables the student to express that
which is specific to them.
What is your favorite quote about you?
“You didn’t choose music. Music chose you.”

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