CHASE JORDAN (b. 1998) is a violist and composer who draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural world, and from literature, portraying it through both rhythmic and harmonic complexity. His form is developing through study upon the idyllic philosophies of the European Romantics, the skepticism and nihilism movements in 20th-century philosophy, as well as elements of deconstructionist philosophy, including the breakdown of binary oppositions as investigated by Jacques Derrida. As a violist, he prides himself on his innate musicality in the performance of musical works. His performance passion is the presentation of new works, though he has performed music from the Renaissance Era up through world premieres.
Born in Bozeman, MT, Chase now lives in Laramie, WY, where he is working towards a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. He currently studies viola with James Przygocki. Prior viola teachers are Michael Certalic and Anna Jesaitis. The other viola teachers Chase has worked with at summer camps and master classes include Ann Roggen, David Holland, Joen Vasquez, and Daniel Sweeny.
Jordan currently performs as a member of the viola section in both the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, as well as participating in the university Chamber Ensembles program. During the 2015-2016 concert season, Chase was in the viola section of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, Jordan is currently being mentored by Anne Guzzo at the University of Wyoming, and he also studied composition with Kevin Ure. Of late, Chase has worked with composer Libby Larsen throughout her time as the University of Wyoming Eminent-Artist-in-Residence.
Chase has had his music performed in concert by the Bozeman High School Symphony Orchestra I, who commissioned his work for string orchestra, Sinfonietta di morte. Jordan also has his music performed in chamber music recitals. Most recently, members of the Bozeman High School Kamerata premiered his String Quartet, Paradiso lastricata on June 8th, 2016.
Jordan also maintains a small studio of young violin and viola students through the University of Wyoming String Project, where he also teaches advanced chamber music. Prior teaching engagements have included being faculty for ViolaFest West 2016 in Laramie, WY.
When he isn’t playing music, you can find Chase finding renewed inspiration in the vast wilderness, where he gains some of his best ideas. His adventures have led him to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, the Uinta Mountains in Utah, the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and on a 100-mile trek in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. He also works as an author and editor at Backpacking Light magazine, where he writes reviews as well as investigates outdoor ethics, philosophy, and contemplates his expanding theories regarding the intrinsic value of wilderness.