BIOGRAPHY

Updated Dec. 2020

Chase Chandler (b. 1991) composes with a unique combination of beautiful color-timbres, fearless counterpoint, and organic musical development, drawing inspiration by challenging traditional melodic emphasis with functional dramatic texture and rhythmic integrity. With a strong vocal performance background and a passion for honest expression, his contemporary music challenges musical categories through his balance of novel accessibility and intriguing complexity.

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Chase Chandler currently sings as a vocal soloist at the First Church of Christian Science, Newport and (before COVID-19) every Sunday as a cantor at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

Chase began his vocal career at Saddleback Community College under the guidance of Dr. Scott Farthing and performed the lead role, Nemorino, in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Chase then graduated with his B.A. in Vocal Performance & Music Education from Concordia University, Irvine after studying voice with the renowned vocalist, Diane Elias.

Chase had the opportunity to perform in CUI’s primary choral program as first tenor and perform lead roles in their opera scenes program (including the entire role of the prince in Warren Martin’s The True Story of Cinderella). He then received his M.A. in Music Composition from California State University, Fullerton (studying with Dr. Ken Walicki), while also performing lead roles in the CSUF Opera Scenes two years in a row (performing such roles as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola).

Notable performances:

  • Tenor soloist in Messiah by Handel (Orange, Dec. 13th, 2017 – full)
  • Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola by Rossini (CSUF, Fall 2016 – opera scene)
  • Roméo in Roméo et Juliette by Gounod (CSUF, Nov 5th to 7th, 2015 – opera scene)
  • The Prince in The True Story of Cinderella by Warren Martin (CUI, April 2014 – opera scene)
  • Soloist for CUI’s Choir & Orchestra Christmas Concert “In the Bleak Midwinter” (Dec 2013)
  • Sam Kaplan in Street Scene by Kurt Weill (CUI, April 2013 – opera scene)
  • Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan (CUI, Spring 2013 – opera scene)
  • Nemorino in D’Elixir D’amore by Donizetti (Saddleback, March 2013 – full opera)
  • Alfredo in La Traviata by Donizetti (Saddleback, May 2012 – opera scenes)

For over five years Chase Chandler has been a cantor at Mission Basilica San Juan, the vocal soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Newport Beach, and was a vocal soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Laguna Niguel for a year and a half (stopping in 2017). 

Chase finished writing an original opera entitled, Reverie, late May of 2017 and continues to focus most of his time on composition after receiving his Masters in Music Composition (2017). Recently in 2019, he had the opportunity to participate in a summer composition program in Vienna, Austria, that convinced him to lean into composition full-time.

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Chase Chandler’s trumpet career led him to play as a principle trumpet Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-09), co-principle/second in Saddleback’s WInd Ensemble (2009-11), co-principle in Concordia University, Irvine’s Wind Ensemble and Sinfonietta (2012-14), and trumpet player in the New Music Ensemble at Cal State University, Fullerton (2016).

Chase Chandler as a Trumpet Player

Chase’s tours and performance experience range from Bb Trumpet, C Trumpet, Flugel, Piccolo, Eb Trumpet, and Cornet. He has also performed in big bands, musicals, jazz combos, brass ensembles, and new music ensembles.

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Chase Chandler began playing piano when he was 3-years-old and has experience in performing classical, jazz, pop, and new music.

As a composer, Chase uses the piano as a tool to experiment as well as improvise compositional ideas. Though his performance experience on piano is more jazz oriented, Chase does utilize the piano for his side business, MusicalGrowth.com, where music is made available to stream 24/7 – visitors can listen to hours of solo piano music used for study, meditation, yoga, and Reiki healing sessions.

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RÉSUMÉ

EDUCATION


M.M. in Theory & Composition, California State University, Fullerton, May 2017

Mentors: Dr. Ken Walicki, Dr. Pamela Madsen, Dr. John Koegel

B.A. in Vocal Performance/Music Education, Concordia University, Irvine, May 2014

Mentors: Diane Elias, Dr. Jeff Held, Dr. Michael Busch

A.A. in Liberal Arts, Saddleback Community College, emphasis in Music, September 2012

Mentors: Dr. Norm Weston, Dr. Scott Farthing, Dr. Joey Sellers

Chase Chandler 2017 Graduation

Chase graduating with his Masters at CSUF in 2017

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Saddleback Community College, Adjunct Professor of Music Theory, 2019-2020

Courses taught: Musicianship/Aural Skills I & III

California State University, Fullerton, Adjunct Professor of Music Theory, 2017

Courses taught: Aural Skills I, Diatonic Harmony I

Composition

Dr. Justin Dello Joio (06/2019 to 11/2020)

Dr. Ken Walicki (01/2015 to 05/2017)

Dr. Norm Weston (01/2013 to 05/2014)


Tenor, voice

Prof. Diane Elias (03/2013 to 06/2017)   

Prof. Al Brightbill (08/2012 to 03/2013)

Dr. Scott Farthing (06/2011 to 07/2012)


Trumpet

Prof. Richard Chasin (01/2010 to 05/2014)

Prof. Timothy Hall (09/2006 to 06/2009


Piano

Prof. Peggy Duquesnel (01/2013 to 06/2014)

Prof. Pamela Worcester (01/2012 to 05/2012)

Prof. Juanita Brightbill (08/2009 to 12/2009)

Member of the Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Beta Omega, since May 4, 2017.

Area Award for Graduate Composition at California State University, Fullerton, May 2017.

Alan Mannason Composition Scholarship, June 2016.

1st Place, Division IV in the 8th Annual Vocal Competition held by The Follman-Young Foundation for the Arts and Professional Opera Singer’s Association at Chapman University in Orange, California, January 26, 2014.

Angels for the Arts Scholarship for Opera Voice at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, May 2012.

Assistant Choral Director for the Mission Basilica San Juan Mixed Choir in San Juan, California, 2016 – 2020.

Vocal Soloist for the First Church of Christ, Science in Newport Beach, California, 2015 – present.

Vocal Soloist, Cantor, for the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, 2013 – 2020.

Choral Director for Valencia Elementary School, Spring 2019.

Director/composer for Newgate Orchestra in Mission Viejo, California, 2016 – 2018.

Vocal Soloist for the First Church of Christ, Science in Laguna Niguel, 2016 – 2017.

Assistant Conductor at California State University, Fullerton’s New Music Festival, February 2016.

Lead tenor in opera scenes at California State University, Fullerton, 2015 – 2016.

Assistant conductor / commissioned composer for Sunshine Academy’s International Music Festival at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo, California, August 2015.

Trumpet player in CSUF’s New Music Ensemble in Fullerton, California, 2015.

Trumpet/keyboard player in CINQUE: Chamber Music Collective in Orange County, California, 2014 – 2015.

Tenor section leader at the Mission Basilica San Juan’s Mixed Ensemble in San Juan, California, 2012 – 2015.

Lead tenor in opera scenes at Concordia University, Irvine, 2013 – 2014.

First tenor in the advanced Concordia Choir of Concordia University in Irvine, California, 2012 – 2014.

Lead tenor, Nemorino, in L’elisir d’amore production at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California, 2012.

First tenor in Saddleback Community College’s Advanced Choir in Mission Viejo, California, 2010 – 2012.

Principal Trumpet for the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble in Orange County, California, 2008 – 2009.

Second Trumpet for the All-Southern High School Honor Band, Southern California, 2009.

First Trumpet in Fifth Grade Honor Band, Southern California, 2002.

of War, 10-minute percussion quintet piece expressing the chaos of war performed by UNICAMP Percussion Ensemble at the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil on October 10, 2019; premiered by the CSUF Percussion Ensemble at California State University, Fullerton on December 4, 2015.

Filmesque, 4-minute brass quintet piece expressing the colors and mood of the film genre performed by the Brass Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California on July 20, 2019.

Restitution, 8:30-minute mixed quartet piece (flute, clarinet, cello, contrabass) expressing the societal issues with human trafficking performed by the PHACE Ensemble at Brick 5 in Vienna, Austria on June 19, 2019.

Shoreline Avulsion, 3:35-minute unaccompanied violin solo expressing the associated feelings of shoreline erosion performed by Irvine Arditti at Borschkegasse 7 in Vienna, Austria on June 14, 2019.

Here and There, c. 5-minute jazz combo piece premiered by the Chase Chandler Combo at Concordia University, Irvine in Irvine, California on April 27, 2019.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, a 4:30-minute voice piece with accompanying piano expressing the text of the popular lyrics, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” by Edmund Sears, commissioned by the First Church of Christ, Science, Newport, performed by Chase Chandler at the First Church of Christ, Science, Tustin in Tustin, California on December 9, 2018.

Reverie, excerpts of this 43-minute chamber opera expressing the disillusion of an unhealthy desire for love performed, in parts, by Newgate Chamber Orchestra at Fairhaven Mortuary in Mission Viejo, California on October 28, 2017, and at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California on April 18, 2017.

The Lost World, 25-minute chamber ensemble piece meant to rescore, by live performance, the 1925 historical film, “The Lost World,” performed by Newgate Chamber Orchestra at Fairhaven Mortuary in Mission Viejo, California on October 28, 2017.

Weather Change, 5-minute mixed quartet piece (flute, violin, cello, piano) expressing the moods associated with changes in weather performed by Divan Consort at California State University, Fullerton on May 18, 2017.

Three-Forty, 3:40-minute string quartet piece expressing the robotic nature of the 9 to 5 job performed by the Eclipse String Quartet at California State University, Fullerton on May 10, 2017.

Drama in Motion, 11-minute chamber ensemble piece expressing moods of art film performed by Newgate Chamber Orchestra for MVFCC at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California on April 29, 2017.

Intuition, 7:38-minute chamber ensemble piece expressing mind games within relationships performed with accompanying visual art illustrated by Andy Zanca and performed by Newgate Chamber Orchestra at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California on April 29, 2017.

Outward, 11-minute chamber ensemble piece expressing issues associated with social anxiety performed by Newgate Chamber Orchestra at the Fairhaven Mortuary in Mission Viejo, California on April 18, 2017; premiered at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California on April 15, 2016.

Nosferatu, 15-minute chamber ensemble piece meant to rescore, by live performance, the 1929 historical film, “Nosferatu,” performed by Newgate Chamber Orchestra at Fairhaven Mortuary in Mission Viejo, California on October 15, 2016.

Orbis augmentum, 5:30-minute string quartet piece expressing the projected issues with the world’s overpopulation crisis performed by Newgate Chamber Orchestra members at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California on April 15, 2016; premiered by CSUF students at California State University, Fullerton on October 27, 2015.

A First Encounter, 2:30-minute mixed quintet piece expressing the pure joy of a boy’s crush on a girl performed by CINQUE at Concordia University, Irvine in Irvine, California on October 12, 2014.

Sun Over the Water, 1:30-minute trumpet choir piece expressing the imagery the title suggests, performed by CUI’s Trumpet Choir at Concordia University, Irvine in Irvine, California on May 1, 2013.

A Single Moment, 4:30-minute big band piece with two vocal soloists expressing the thoughts that may happen within a single moment performed by the Saddleback Lab Band at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California on October 19, 2011.

Where Things Were, self-published / self-played & recorded / self-produced / self-mastered audio album of 15 original folk / pop songs; over 46 minutes of music including experimental BLM, 5-minute audio collage of riot recordings entitled “…in the Silence, ”distributed through CD Baby, available on every online distribution channel including Spotify, Apple Music, etc.; released on July 5, 2020.

Firewood 11, self-published Science Fiction novel of 75,000 words and 330 pages via the print-on-demand service, IngramSpark; author, Chase Chandler (Harlan Jay, pseudonym); editor, Josiah Davis; graphic designer, Andy Zanca; released on July 15, 2019.

Miles & Miles, self-published / self-played & recorded / self-produced / self-mastered audio album of 15 original folk / pop songs with multiple analog & acoustic instruments; nearly 50 minutes of music distributed through CD Baby, available on every online distribution channel including Spotify, Apple Music, etc.; released on March 1, 2019.

Once Hidden: A Journey Through the Chakras, original sound-healing / chakra-healing album of over 35 minutes of music with 8 tracks, based on a previous research article, “Healing with Sound Frequencies”; confirmed effective by Reiki healer, Leila Amani; self-published with LeilaAmani.com and MusicalGrowth.com; released on September 28, 2018.

Piano Steps, a 14-track, original music album of over 70 minutes of piano with mixed media / electronics based on improvisations and meditation genre influences; self-published and released on August 28, 2018.

Healing with Sound Frequencies, a 3,000-word research article published online through MusicalGrowth.com on the culture behind the Tibetan singing bowl and the science behind healing with sound; released on March 30, 2018.

Music and Image: Art is Undead, a 7,400-word research article published online through MusicalGrowth.com on the culture behind music and image within advertisements in recently recorded history (1477 until 2015) with over 38 commercials and advertisements studied and analyzed; released on January 6, 2018.

Set Me Free, 5-minute SATB choir piece with accompanying piano and cello solo expressing the joys and freedom from the warmth of the sun, commissioned by Sunshine Academy, performed by the Fullerton College Choir, for their International Music Festival held at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo, California on July 24, 2015.

Newgate Music & Arts, Founder / Executive Director / Composer-in-residence of this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization advocating for contemporary classical concert music by exposing the community through large-scale events involving visual art, student recitals, and live performances of new local and international compositions. Worked alongside the City of Mission Viejo’s Cultural Arts Committee, Friends of the Arts, and Mission Viejo Film Festival, performing in Southern California; Board of Directors: Ben Hunter, Grant Voss, Lauren Graham, Joris Hoogsteder; January 2016 until January 2018. 

  • OUTWARD, new music and arts event at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California, with six guest visual artists, two composers and five new music premieres; April 15, 2016.
    • Guest Artists: Steven Homestead, Mandy Hinkle, Hugh Schone, Jean Marie Christian, Leslie Grainger, & David Kricorian
    • Composers: Chase Chandler & Joris Hoogsteder
  • HAUNTINGS, new music and arts event at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California, with three guest visual artists, three composers and five new music premieres; October 15, 2016.
    • Guest Artists: Stefan Cummings, Brandon Tisor, & Steven Homestead
    • Composers: Chase Chandler, Steven Homestead, & Joris Hoogsteder
  • NEW BEGINNINGS, new music and arts event at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California, with three guest visual artists, five composers and seven new music premieres; December 10, 2016.
    • Guest Artists: Steven Homestead, Jean Marie Christian, & Laura Ochoa
    • Composers: Joris Hoogsteder, Chase Chandler, Will Reeder, Steven Homestead, & Andrew Wilcox
  • MISSION VIEJO FILM COMPOSER COMPETITION (MVFCC), international film composer competition with the final round held for the public with three guest filmmakers, ten composers, and thirteen new music premieres, hosted alongside Mission Viejo Film Festival; April 29, 2017.
    • 1st place: Mike von der Nahmer
    • 2nd place: Mauro Agagliate
    • 3rd place: Lewis Gehami
  • SLEEPLESS HOLLOW, new music and arts event at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, California, with three guest visual artists, five composers and nine new music premieres; October 28, 2017.
    • Guest Artist: Laura Jo Ceramics
    • Composers: Chase Chandler, Lewis Gehami, Sina Karachiani, Geoffrey Munger, Felipe Durán, & Joris Hoogsteder

CINQUE: Chamber Music Collective, Founder / Director of this progressive chamber ensemble involving Chase Chandler (voice/trumpet/piano), Ben Hunter (trumpet/voice), Karissa Lystrup (piano/organ/voice), Michael Miller (clarinet/voice), and Gretchen Sheetz (harp/voice), performing new music in Irvine and Orange, CA; May 2014 until February 2015.

  • BOY BLUE, a benefit concert for L.A.C. featuring new music premieres at the Concordia University, Irvine in Irvine, California, with five composers and ten new music premieres; nearly $1,000 raised, August 24, 2014.
    • Composers: Christian Guebert, Alex Guebert, Chase Chandler, Ben Hunter, & Nick Scutti

EXTRA INFORMATION

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This site has been entitled, “Who is Chase Chandler?,” because that is always the first question people are looking to answer when visiting my website. I write & produce contemporary art music and experiment with creative projects, while teaching privately over Zoom. After teaching as an Adjunct Professor at CSUF and Saddleback College, my end goal is to earn a Doctorate in Music and land a full-time teaching position.

I have taught hundreds of students now and I’ve come across a lot of different types of people. After 10 years of teaching privately, every lesson is still unique, challenging and rewarding on a personal level.

So many of the students I receive were previously taught incorrectly by school music teachers or other private teachers, so I feel a great responsibility in helping people reach their full musical potential by fixing technical issues over time.

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Many of these students who come to me after months (if not years) of studying with other teachers end up learning more from me in a much shorter amount of time and walk away feeling FAR more confident after every lesson. I take great pride in this outcome and have my own private teachers to thank.

“I’ve learned more from you in the last 30-minutes than I learned in the past year from my other teacher” – an adult trumpet student in 2018, who’s name will remain anonymous.

So why do I teach privately? Well, I have confidence that I’ve learned enough in my lifetime to help guide others toward an expressive and freeing path toward reliable technique, mindset, and musicality.

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The love I have for music is all thanks to the many teachers who have inspired me over the years and I live to honor them by teaching others with the same quality and passion. After over 20 years of private instruction for myself (trumpet, piano, composition, etc.), I truly feel a legacy has been handed down to me by my teachers. I have a responsibility to pass this on to my own students!

Considering music lessons?

About 90% of the time, I can improve technical issues on trumpet, voice, and piano in the first lesson.

Teaching privately is like unravelling a puzzle and figuring out solutions through analytical observation and variable approaches. I have taught tone-deaf people to sing, trumpet players with braces to reach even higher, pianists to find fluidity in their percussive musical language (piano is technically a percussion instrument).

Every student of mine is a different challenge and passion project. And I love it. So please consider taking private lessons with me!

Music is my life.

When I was 3 years-old, my mother took me to a few piano lessons and I began sitting myself down at the piano. When in 4th grade I was given a choice between instruments, I chose trumpet without question and practiced enough to annoy our neighbors in Santa Cruz, CA. When I moved to San Clemente, CA when I was about 9, I started piano lessons again and started on the Bastein series of method books. In 5th grade, I was accepted into the honor band as 2nd trumpet and in middle school was 1st trumpet from 7th to 8th grade at BAMS.

In high school, I played in concert band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, and jazz band. I began composing trumpet duets to play with my friend and couldn’t help but continue producing/mixing my own tracks in Sony Music Studio, which I had already started doing in middle school. It wasn’t until my time at Saddleback College that I truly began falling in love with music and quickly took up guitar and voice. I took “applied music” (a performance class) for both trumpet and voice, while I pursued popular songwriting outside of school, playing for outside venues and film festivals in the area.

Chase as a trumpet soloist for Bugler’s Holiday at Concordia’s Concert on the Green in 2013

My Bachelors was at Concordia University, Irvine (CUI) where I received multiple scholarships for trumpet, voice, and academics. I was accepted into the opera programs at Chapman University, Boston Conservatory, and Cal State University, Long Beach, but did not have enough to attend these schools financially so I landed a scholarship-heavy performance spot at CUI, a wonderful private school that offered many performance opportunities for me in choirs, bands, orchestra, and jazz combos.

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Chase as a vocal soloist at Saddleback’s opera concert in 2012 – CLICK photo for YouTube video!

After my senior vocal recital in 2014 (the first in CUI music program history to receive honors), I took first place at a POSA vocal competition held at Chapman University the next day. I soon found myself leaving behind a teaching credential program at CUI for a Masters program in Music Composition at Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF).

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Chase conducting his own composition, “Set Me Free” in Sunshine International Music Festival at SOKA University in 2015 – CLICK the photo for a YouTube recording!

As I studied in the graduate music composition program at CSUF, I was given lead roles in the opera scenes program and was a graduate assistant for the New Music Festivals. My graduate project was an hour-long opera I entitled, Reverie, which I hope to have performed one day. It was during my last years at CSUF that I founded Newgate Music & Arts: a contemporary concert music ensemble that hosted new music and art events aided by the city of Mission Viejo and the Cultural Arts Committee. Newgate was my 501(c)(3), non-profit organization for two years (2016 to 2018) that grew my musicianship to another level.

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Chase conducting a Newgate Halloween concert at Mission Viejo’s mortuary in 2016 – CLICK photo for YouTube story!

During my time with Newgate, I improved my conducting, my management style, my composition, my organizational skills, my connections, my ability to time manage, my performance skill, my graphic and website design, and my financial projection ability. I had far too many hats in this company as the Executive Director and eventually closed the company for my sanity. But the experience I gained during those two years (2016-2018) was priceless.

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Chase and Newgate Orchestra in 2016 – CLICK photo for YouTube story!

This last year, Fall 2017, I taught as a professor of music theory at Cal State University, Fullerton as I finished my last Newgate concert. As I finished Newgate and left CSUF, I founded a new online business, MusicalGrowth.com, where I research, write, and compose Chakra healing music for companies around the U.S. such as LeilaAmani.com. In Spring 2019, I taught as an Associate Professor of Musicianship at Saddleback Community College and tried my hand at directing a children’s choir at Valencia Elementary from January to June (3rd grade to 6th grade).

For now, I’m preparing for my doctoral application and studying privately with Justin Dello Joio, the faculty composer-in-residence at New York University and Professor of Orchestration at The Juilliard School of Music.

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Chase with his wife at CUI graduation in 2014

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