CHASE JORDAN (b. 1998) is a composer and violist whose music has been described as “an engaging musical narrative” (Aracdia Winds, 2018). In this way, he likens himself to a musical storyteller – using music to create emotional arcs which brings the audience with the musicians in the journey – whether the inspiration is literary or from the natural world. He is passionate about developing the stories through collaborative works and is becoming a frequent collaborator with choreographers and dancers. Chase is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance with a secondary emphasis in music composition. He serves as the co-principal of the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, actively performs as a chamber musician, and is a frequent performer of new music, having performed several world premieres.
As a composer, Jordan studies with classical composition with Armando Bayolo and jazz composition with Ben Markley at the University of Wyoming. Formerly, Chase studied with Ann Guzzo at the University of Wyoming and has worked with composers such as Libby Larsen, Jake Heggie, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons, Marti Epstein, and others. In addition to being performed frequently at the University of Wyoming, his music has been performed in at the Charlotte New Music Festival (NC), Tidewater Brass Festival (VA) and at the Wintergreen Festival (VA), where he was a Susan Talarico and Mike Sundermeyer Scholar. Recent performances of Jordan’s compositions include performances by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Antero Winds, and Duo Zonda, as well as members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the Beo String Quartet, the Chattanooga Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra.
As a violist, Chase studies with James Przygocki at the University of Wyoming. He also has worked with Ann Roggen, Joen Vasquez, and Marylene Gingras-Roy.
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 the ViolaFest West in Laramie, WY in 2016-2018 and as staff for the University of Wyoming Summer Music Camp in 2017 and 2018.
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.