Over 1,000 fans on Radio Airplay! - The music of Chris A. Bowman and lyrics of Catalina McIsaac
Toad Hall - "Premier production...it could only be called a roaring success!..." Jim Buckley, Montecito Journal
"Accolades to Cathleen McIsaac's book and lyrics which seem to spring naturally from the original story. The words are clever and honor the original story telling of Kenneth Grahame. Composer/Conductor Chris Bowman's powerful original music is captivating and animates the whole production." Mimi Walston, Santa Ynez Valley News
"A unique blend of Sondheim and Cirque du Solell." - Doug Lenier, Sound Engineer
"We travel all over the world and often go to Lincoln Center - this was every bit as good as anything we've seen there!" - An audience member commenting on Toad Hall, the Concert Version, after a show at the Solvang Pavilion.
"I would enjoy seeing Toad Hall each year as a tradition. It brought us to our feet and warmed our hearts." - Ann Johnson, Board Member, Santa Barbara Symphony.
"Your music is like angels and should be heard all over the world." An audience member commenting on Gloria, Be Still and Know, and Sanctus after a performance at St. Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy.
Sanctus - "A soulful, deeply moving work for choir, strings and piano. Chris A. Bowman's Sanctus evokes reverent images of the sublime and the ethereal." - ERM Media
"Sanctus by Chris A. Bowman is a lovely neo-romantic work for orchestra and chorus, reminiscent of Brahms a bit, but also of contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen. It has a certain sweetness to it, but it doesn't descend to the saccharine feel that one sometimes finds in say, some of John Rutter's choral music. Very nicely done, in a style you don't hear much of these days, unfortunately." - R. Grano, Amazon.com
Chris A. Bowman - "Best Entertainment!" - Chris A. Bowman - Conductor and The Santa Ynez Valley Chorale & Orchestra - Santa Ynez Valley Journal
"I didn't know you performed with the L.A. Philharmonic and Master Chorale. Peter Schreier and Simon Rattle may be pretty neat, but I bet they can't conduct, play the trumpet and the organ at the same time." - Laura Hackstein, virtuoso violinist.
"Stunning!" - Gael MacGregor, Music Supervisor, commenting on the music of Chris A. Bowman
"Cathleen McIsaac's beautiful interpretation of Mendelssohn's On Wings of Song set the tone from the beginning of the concert that the evening was going to be filled with exquisite singing. Special solos by multi-talented conductor Bowman, added to the already superb quality of the whole Santa Ynez Valley Chorale." - V. Hall, Santa Ynez Valley News
"Chris Bowman's own playful Gigue in D brought out the exquisite tones on the Schoenstein organ and was received with joy by the audience." - V. Hall, Santa Ynez Valley News
"Bringing Music to Life!" - Chris A. Bowman, Conductor, and The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Chamber Singers, Youth Chorale and Orchestra
BMI - Broadcast Music, Inc.
AGO - American Guild of Organists
ACDA - American Choral Directors Association