Welcome to my site, whosichasechandler.com! The one-stop shop for everything related to me – which inevitably is all music related!
Whether you’re reading this to see if you’d like to hire me as a private instructor or a performer, I hope to answer all your questions about who I am through this article!
- My Story
- Why I Want to Help People
- Goal of this Site
Music has literally been my life and luckily, by choice.
When I was 3 years-old, my mother took me to a few piano lessons and I began sitting myself down at the piano to experiment. When I was given a choice between instruments in 4th grade, 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 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 and played for outside venues and film festivals in the area.
My Bachelors was at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) where I received multiple scholarship 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 support myself attending these schools and landed myself at CUI, a wonderful private school that offered many performance opportunities for me in choirs, bands, orchestra, and jazz combos.
After my senior vocal recital that was 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).
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 sponsored by the city of Mission Viejo and the Cultural Arts Committee. Newgate was my 501(c)(3), non-profit organization for two years that grew my musicianship to another level.
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 on the board that eventually led to my closing of the company, but the experience I gained during those two years (2016-2018) was priceless.
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.
I have earned some recognizable (and expensive) pieces of paper (degrees):
- Master’s in Music Composition at Cal State University, Fullerton (2017)
- Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance & Music Education at Concordia University, Irvine (2014)
- Associate’s in Liberal Arts at Saddleback Community College (2012)
The many private teachers I owe much of my musical life to – I thank all of them for influencing me in such positive ways:
- Brenda Von Gremp (Piano)
- Tim Hall (Trumpet)
- Juanita Brightbill (Piano)
- Dr. Norm Weston (Music Composition)
- Pamela Worcester (Piano)
- Richard Chasin (Trumpet)
- Dr. Scott Farthing (Voice)
- Peggy Duquesnel (Jazz Piano)
- Diane Elias (Voice)
- Dr. Michael Busch (Choral Conducting)
- Dr. Jeff Held (Music Program Management)
- Dr. John Koegel (Musicology)
- Dr. Ken Walicki (Music Composition)
Other notable accomplishments:
- Member of National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Beta Omega chapter
- 2016-18: Owned my own non-profit orchestra, Newgate Orchestra, for two years where I managed program development, public events, wrote compositions, rehearsed and conducted the ensemble, while learning entrepreneurship and marketing
- 2017: Graduate Composition Area Award 2017
- 2017: composed my own hour-length opera entitled, Reverie (yet to be performed)
- 2017: Taught music theory and aural skills as an adjunct professor at Cal State University, Fullerton for the fall semester of 2017.
- 2014: 1st Place, 8th Annual POSA Vocal Competition (Jan. 2014)
- 2008-09: Principal Trumpet in Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-09)
Performances I like to remember:
- Performed religious choral music in the Vatican as a first tenor in CUI’s top choral ensemble in 2014
- Performed lead roles in the full production of L’elisir D’amore and in scenes of La Cenerentola, Romeo et Juliette, Street Scene, and others
- Performed the full Arutunian concerto (16min in length) at my Junior Recital at CUI in 2013
- Performed in religious services around Southern California since 2010, including denominations such as Catholicism, Christian Science, Mormonism, Lutheranism, Methodist, and others.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
I have taught hundreds of students now – so much so that I’ve lost track. I have come across a lot of different types of people and every lesson is unique, which is one of the biggest factors to why I LOVE private teaching.
But. Among these hundreds of students, I’m sad to report that many of them have been taught incorrectly by private teachers before they came to me. I am always up for discussion as far as what techniques are most correct and I will never say I am the most correct (because no one truly is), but I’d like to think I’ve learned more than most and end up saving a lot of my students from bad habits.
Many of these students who come to me after months if not years of studying with another teacher end up learning more from me in a shorter amount of time and feel FAR more confident after studying with me. I take great pride in this outcome.
“I’ve learned more from you in the last 30-minutes than I learned in the past year from my other teacher.”
This was said by an adult trumpet student recently and it has not been the first time I’ve heard this. I’m not at all reporting this as a bragging right, but as a statement of where private instruction standards are – because I am NOT the best. But when I hear my students say things like this, I always ask: “Then what did they teach you for all those months!”
There are SO many bad teachers out there who end up teaching incorrectly leading students to develop bad habits that are VERY hard to break. I’m always so thankful to take on new students without any experience in private lessons so that I can start them out RIGHT.
The reason I want to help people is because I feel a great responsibility in correcting bad teacher’s mistakes. My love for music is all due to my teacher’s passion and influence on me. I live to repay them through teaching others the same quality and passion in music performance and understanding. It seems a little silly, but I truly feel a legacy has been handed down to me through my teachers. I have a responsibility to pass this on to my own students.
About 80% of the time, I can fix technical issues on trumpet, voice, and piano in the first few lessons.
Teaching privately is like unraveling 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, pianist to find fluidity in this musical language. Every student of mine is a different challenge. And I love the challenge. Try me!
GOAL OF THIS SITE
My goal with this site is to inform. To inform those interested in who I am.
So. Conveniently, this site has been entitled, Who is Chase Chandler?, because that is always the first question when I hear of a “musician.” Who are they? And why are they so special?
I do not want to come across as a self-indulging musician by writing so much about myself and what I do (unfortunately, in today’s world, a website/portfolio is a MUST). But I have helped many people and can help many more. At the very least, I want to persuade you into considering me as your musician, teacher, composer, and performer. Give me a chance! You won’t regret it.
Thanks for reading!
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