JAMES G. CHAPMAN UNDERHILL - Dr. James Chapman died Tuesday morning, Feb. 8, 2011 in the Vermont Respite House. Jim was well known as a choral director and faculty member at the University of Vermont, and he was organist and choir director at Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral for several years. A complete obituary will appear later this spring with an announcement of a memorial gathering and celebration of Jim's life. Condolences and reminiscences may be sent to his son, Chip Chapman, 19 Smith Hill Road, Gilsum, NH 03448 and/or to his partner, Phil Cook, 49 Bill Cook Road, Underhill VT 05489.

Published by The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 10, 2011.
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Jim had a huge influence on my growth in vocal music. His talent and knowledge were immense and his demand for quality music was ever-present. His continued support for the Choral Union was so much appreciated. His legacy will continue for a long time. May he rest in the glory of the heavenly harmonies.
Bob Drawbaugh
March 1, 2011
I knew Dr. Chapman for many years, all the way back to my time in the St. Paul's children's choir before we moved into the cathedral. He had a wry sense of humor, but he was also exacting in what he expected of his singers. One of my favorite memories was when he was rehearsing the choir sometime in the mid-70s at St. Paul's Cathedral, stopped us suddenly, and declared to the altos "Ladies, if you give us too much more vibrato, you will bring down the stones! Can you tone it down a bit?" I will always remember he was such a dynamo, swooping around during the Choral Union Christmas Dinners. He will be missed, and my condolences go out to his families and loved ones. Cheryl Swan Gagnon
February 22, 2011
What an amazing legacy Dr. Chapman leaves. My little glimpse of him came from our little music building and Choral Union, the fire, and the remarkable intellect and passion he carried with him. The collaboration with Betty Bandel to record the early VT and N.E. songmasters while I was there, was an adventure. It seems that any student of his, lived an adventure in his presence.

My condolences to all his family and partner who I'm sure will have many stories of excitement and challenge. Dr. Chapman seemed to relish challenge and taking us along.

Blessings to you all.
Bern Rose
February 14, 2011
I was sorry to hear of Dr. Chapman's death. I remember him as a talented musician and a charming gentleman. I knew him as the organist and choir master at St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont. He was a delight. My sincere sympathies to his family and friends. Mary Lou Ashton, Colchester, Vermont.
February 13, 2011
There are so many happy memories of Chapman non Papa - his love of music, his love of us, his Middlebury choir. Even after all these years, he keeps me singing. Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of Jim, irreplaceable but never forgotten.
Jane (Henne) Grant
February 13, 2011
I was saddened to hear of 'Doc's passing. 'Doc' was our nickname for Dr. Chapman when I was a student at UVM and sang in the choir (starting in 1976). After graduation, I continued to sing for Doc in the UVM Choral Union. I loved singing for him - he really taught us so much and we always sounded good! He wouldn't settle for less. I loved the Choral Union Christmas dinners we did - they were so special. During one of my years at UVM we toured around Vermont and performed in schools for kids. A few concerts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, too, at the Flynn Theater. Those were highlights. I'm so glad I knew him. My condolences to Chip, Phil and his entire family.
Carol Specht Polakowski
February 11, 2011
Phil, Chip and Ruthie

My heart reaches out to all of you. Many good memories will linger forever.
Norma Mitchell
February 11, 2011
Chip and Phil,

Sorry for the loss of your Dad, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Demag
Mary Demag
February 11, 2011
Jim Chapman was a mentor to me when I began school at UVM in 1971. For many years he has been an inspiration to me and my music. From my Choral Union years as a singer to my excitement in being asked to follow him as the Choral Union director when he retired, he has been a true friend and colleague to me and I will miss him. My thoughts and thanks are with both Chip and Phil for sharing him with all of us. May he rest in peace. I'm sure the heavenly choirs will start sounding better very soon.
Gary Moreau
February 10, 2011
We will miss Uncle Jim dearly. He was loved and respected by so many and we cherish his gifts of music which we have in our memories and in our music library. With peace and much love to Phil, Chip, Ruth and extended family and friends.
Peter, Cheryl, Kyla and Joel Chapman
Eugene, Oregon
February 10, 2011
Jim Chapman influenced my life in so many ways -- kindness, humor,and the passion of music among them. I am so sad to hear of his passing, and will always remember the great days he gave me at Middlebury. Sheldon Baker, Old Lyme, Connecticut
February 10, 2011
Jim Chapman was such a wonderful musician and I remember his kindness and musical gifts very well, even though it has been decades since I lived in Vermont. My condolences to his family.
Sabrina Rood
February 10, 2011
Jim Chapman was a man who loved choral music and he brought many Vermonters to share his love.
I had the pleasure of knowing him for many years . He enjoyed talking after concerts and had great enthusiasm for the many aspects of his life. Kay H. Ryder
February 10, 2011
Our family has lots of good memories of Jim. A son wrote, "May he rest with music...I still hear him explaining a piccardy third.
Joan Cannizzaro
February 10, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
February 10, 2011
So very sorry to hear of your lose ... Dr. Chapman was an important part of my UVM experience back when I was an undergraduate in the late '70s - as a teacher and a mentor.
Jim Wright
February 10, 2011
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