Composer Jordan Chase writes music that is innovative and appealing to diverse audiences and performers alike. His music is described as “lyrical, rhythmically jagged and stark in majesty” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), drawing upon his life experiences to forge a freedom of expression and depth of meaning.
Mr. Chase was recently invited to the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble to be featured as a guest composer at a weekend festival in June 2018. In addition to having his new work for wind ensemble, Emanations, recorded, Jordan also taught a composition masterclass. February 2018 saw the premiere of Nevermore, a guitar solo commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, led by Artistic Director, Manuel Barrueco. Subsequently,Nevermorewas awarded second place at the 2018 Boston Guitarfest Composition Competition.
Past composition awards include the Longy Conservatory Composition Competition for his orchestral work, Forthcoming, and the Fourth Annual Pappalardo Composition Award for his wind quintet, Quintalogue.Mr. Chase became the first recipient in the Keene State College School of Arts and Humanities to be awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, for which he was commissioned to write a chamber orchestra piece, Foreign Comfort.
In addition to composing, Mr. Chase is a performer and has appeared as a guitar soloist and chamber musician. He was selected as a soloist to play for Governor Maggie Hassan and her executive council, as well as the Keene State College Orchestra and the 2016 Boston Guitar Festival. Jordan was also named “Instrumentalist of the Year” during the 2013/2014 academic school year at Keene State College.
Mr. Chase is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, under the direction of Michael Hersch and Felipe Lara. His past composition teachers include Paul Brust and Heather Gilligan. Jordan has studied classical guitar with William Riley and José Lezcano.