ROCHESTER, NY (08/27/2012)(readMedia)-- The Department of Music at Nazareth College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jared Chase as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music. Dr. Chase will be welcomed to the Faculty for the Fall 2012 semester by Music Department faculty, staff, and students alike.
Prior to Nazareth, Dr. Chase was the Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where he directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Pep Band, and taught trumpet as well as courses in instrumental music and conducting. He was awarded a Burmeister grant to present research on the wind music of Gustav Mahler at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Conference, and won the Garrett award at Bethany College for a presentation of his new edition of Reynaldo Hahn's Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este at the College Band Directors National Conference, which is currently being performed by colleges, universities, and professional orchestras around the country.
Dr. Chase has guest conducted the United States Military Academy's West Point Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the Salina Symphony; enjoys conducting musical theatre and recently led performances of the musicals Annie, Company, Willy Wonka, White Christmas, and Cabaret; and remains in demand as a conductor. He is also an accomplished trumpet player.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the faculty in the Nazareth College Department of Music this fall," says Dr. Chase. "This department has been experiencing a tremendous amount of success lately, nearly doubling its enrollment over the past decade. I am very happy to be joining this team and I hope that I can make a positive contribution to this excellent department. My wife and I are both musicians; we met at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and are excited to be living in such a culturally rich city with so many opportunities for the arts. I am looking forward to not only being involved in the program at Nazareth, but also other organizations in the Rochester community."
"We are delighted to have Dr. Chase join our esteemed faculty," adds Dr. James Douthit, Department of Music Chairperson. "This is a very exciting time for music at Nazareth and we are energized by the opportunities his appointment presents."
The Department of Music at Nazareth College integrates intensive studies in music (musicianship and performance), with professional programs and the liberal arts, for a truly unique experience that prepares students for careers in music and equips them with the skills to share the art of music in a variety of capacities.
Each degree program is designed to prepare students not only for careers within the various degree areas, but also for exciting endeavors that will perpetuate and sustain the art of music in local and global communities.
The department is a vibrant community of musicians focused on the art of music, the professional domains of knowledge within the musical career areas, and the relationship of these areas to the liberal arts.