Composer, conductor, bassoonist, and singer Robert “Bobby” Chastain has firmly established himself in the San Francisco Bay Area musical scene. As a conductor, Chastain is equally comfortable with instrumental and vocal ensembles. His current ensembles include “Bella Musica,” “Collegium,” the SATB chorus of the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Division, and “Mouthscape,” a new music choir that he co-founded as a for-credit ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory. He previously led Level IV of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and served as assistant director of the Chamber Chorus at UC Berkeley. He prepared the choir for Opera Parallèle’s production of Rachel Portman’s “The Little Prince” for their December 2017 production
This past summer (2018) Chastain celebrated his European debut, leading the choir of the European American Musical Alliance at Schola Cantorum and Val-de-Grâce. As a composer, Chastain creates works for orchestra, choir, and chamber groups with a special inclination toward the voice. His music is often highly contrapuntal and richly textured, with an occasional return to simplicity.
Chastain’s music will soon be heard in the Naxos Music Library with a recording of his Metanoia by the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.
When he is not composing, Bobby enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons and practicing the ancient art of fermentation.