Jared Graham Chase is a professional conductor, trumpet performer, and associate professor of music on the faculty at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has extensive experience conducting bands, orchestras, and choirs throughout the United States and Canada.
As a professional conductor he has conducted numerous professional ensembles and organizations. He is currently the music director for New York State Ballet and First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford and a regular conductor for Rochester Lyric Opera. During the 2016-2017 season he conducted a premiere performance of John Musto’s comic opera Bastienello and Sondheim’s You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow. As music director of the New York State Ballet he led a collaboration between the Rochester Oratorio Society, New York State Ballet, and Rochester Lyric Opera in dramatic performances of Bizet’s Carmen and Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and Marriage of Figaro, as well as the annual Nutcracker performances. In addition he has has guest conducted the United States Military Academy “West Point” Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the Salina Symphony.
In the fall of 2013 he was named a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting at the prestigious Eastman School of Music where he conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra. He is the founding director of the Rochester Chamber Winds, a group of professional musicians on faculty at Nazareth College, the Eastman School of Music and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
At Nazareth College, Dr. Chase is the Director of Wind Studies. Since arriving at Nazareth in 2012 the program has doubled in size and includes the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Pep Band, Chamber Winds, Brass Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles. Part of this growth includes the development of the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center (550-seat performance hall and education center to open in spring 2018) the new home for musical performances at Nazareth College. Dr. Chase conducts the Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, teaches courses in conducting, rehearsal techniques, and music education, as well as performs in the Wilmot Brass Quintet. Under his direction, the Nazareth College Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Eastern Division, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and New York State Band Director’s Association (NYSBDA) conferences.
Dr. Chase received degrees in music education and trumpet performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he studied trumpet with Terry Sawchuk and conducting with Allan McMurray and Robert Carnochan. He received his Master of Music in trumpet performance and Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM he studied wind conducting with Terence Milligan and Rodney Winther as well as choral conducting with Steven Coker and Brett Scott. His trumpet studies were with Alan Siebert, Kim Pensyl, and Phil Collins. While at CCM, he also served as music director of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and music director of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He founded the Seven Hills Brass (a professional brass ensemble) which was invited to perform for the opening ceremony of the 14th International WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Conference in 2009 and still performs concerts around Cincinnati, OH.
As a trumpeter he continues to be an active freelance performer and has performed with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Blue Ash Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Salina Symphony, Hutchinson Symphony, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Bach Society of Dayton, Boulder Broadway Company, Colorado Light Opera, and the Boulder Dinner Theater. While attending CCM he performed as principal trumpet of the nationally acclaimed CCM Chamber Players, the CCM Wind Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and as a member of the Cincinnati Brass Quintet.
As a passionate and committed music educator he is in regular demand as a guest conductor for honor bands, adjudicator for festivals, and clinicians for bands of all ages throughout the country and Canada. He was awarded a Burmeister grant to present research on the wind music of Gustav Mahler at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Conference. He won the Garrett award at Bethany College for a presentation of his critical edition Le Bal de Béatrice d’Este at the College Band Directors National Conference in Seattle. This edition is currently being performed by colleges, universities, and professional ensembles around the country. He regularly gives clinics for teachers on conducting technique, score study, repertoire, and rehearsal techniques.