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.
Chase was recently commissioned by the TU New Music Ensemble for his string quartet, Drift Into Light, which received performances by the Bergamot Quartet in NYC, Baltimore, and Towson, MD. 2020/2021 will see the premiere of his guitar quartet, Between Earth and Sky, in Baltimore, as well as the premiere of a new work for guitar and five pre-recorded guitars (In Realms of Passing Dreams) at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA.
In the past, Chase was featured as a guest composer for the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble. In addition to recording a large ensemble work, Emanations, he also taught a composition masterclass. Chase;s guitar solo, Nevermore, commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society and artistic director, Manuel Barrueco, was premiered at the BCGS 30th Anniversary Concert, "Made in Baltimore." Subsequently, Nevermore was awarded second place in the International Boston Guitarfest Composition Competition.
Other notable awards include the LCO Composition Competition for an orchestral work, Forthcoming, the Pappalardo Composition Competition for a wind quintet, Quintalogue, and a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant, which supported the funding of Foreign Comfort, a three-movement work for chamber orchestra. Chase became the first recipient in the School of Arts and Humanities at Keene State College to receive this award.
Past composition instructors include Heather Gilligan, Paul Brust, Felipe Lara, and Michael Hersch, and he has studied classical guitar with William Riley and José Lezcano. Chase holds a BA from Keene State College, a MM from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and a DMA from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He currently resides in Baltimore, MD, while teaching at Levine Music, Towson University and co-directs the Composer’s Recording Project.