Chase Chandler (b. 1991) is an interdisciplinary composer, performer, and multimedia artist who is passionate about creating emotional journeys through unique audiovisual experiences. His style is known for his fusion of jazz harmonies, aleatoric gestures, intermittent graphic notation, and complex counterpoint.

In recent years, Chandler’s works has been performed internationally by groups such as the PHACE Ensemble in Vienna, UNICAMP Percussion Ensemble in Sao Paulo, the Eclipse Quartet in Fullerton, CA, Bent Frequency in Atlanta, the Brightwork Ensemble in LA, as well as the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, the Aperture Duo, Divan Consort, the CSUF Percussion Ensemble, and Duo Zonda.

Recent projects include a premiere of his piano composition, In Essence, for Art Gate International, a contemporary string quartet album, Between the Far Spaces, published in May 2021 with Luminarcanum Records, and a virtual reality-based audiovisual installation with the artist Darcy Gerbarg for BRCvr 2021. Future projects include an online premiere of his work entitled, PreSage, commissioned by the SANS; duo.

Chase graduated with an AA at Saddleback College, a BA at Concordia University, Irvine, and an MM at Cal State University, Fullerton and currently studies with Dr. Justin Dello Joio, professor at The Juilliard School and faculty Composer-in-Residence at NYU.

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

 

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