Chase Coleman has performed solo piano recitals, concerti, duo recitals and jazz gigs around the world. While in high school as a student of King Bosworth, Chase was a winner in the Performers of Connecticut Competition and the New York State Music Teachers’ Guild Auditions, leading to his first performance at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1980. He is a laureate of international piano competitions and received the B. Mus. degree from Boston University, where he studied piano with Bela and Linda Nagy and Boris Berman, and the M. Mus. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as a piano student of Thomas Stumpf. He has also participated in coachings and masterclasses with Menachem Pressler, Gary Graffman, Tamas Ungar, Maurice Hinson and others, and has appeared as a classical soloist with orchestras in New England, Colorado, Arizona, California, as a recitalist at the Whitney Museum in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the Distinguished Artist Series at the Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona.
Chase studied Jazz piano with Billy Taylor at the Jazz in July program in Amherst, Massachusetts and participated in clinics with The Modern Jazz Quartet, Yusef Lateef and Max Roach. Following a stint as pianist in the legendary Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston he toured with the Artie Shaw and Woody Herman Orchestras, fronted his own groups and served as bandleader and recitalist on five-star cruise ships. In the Broadway idiom he has been the piano accompanist for Broadway stars Michael McGuire, Taye Diggs and Rich Hebert, among others and served as Musical Director for many professional musical theatre productions. Chase is also a composer, having written and produced a musical. He also has piano works and songs to his credit.
Chase has served on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and Northeastern University and is currently on the faculty of Coconino Community College in Flagstaff Arizona, where he teaches Music History, History of Jazz and is Director of the Jazz Ensemble. Currently focusing on performance and teaching, Chase maintains a private piano studio in Flagstaff for those who are truly interested in developing their musical and pianistic talent. He is active as a Classical and Jazz pianist and teaches piano at the Northern Arizona University Summer Music Camp, and has served as an officer and adjudicator for many Arizona piano competitions and music organizations. His students frequently win prizes in state and local competitions.
Chase enjoys the out of doors and underwater in beautiful Northern Arizona and everywhere else in the world. An avid student of history and the natural world, he can be found roaming and hiking in the local countryside when he is not teaching, performing, practicing and reading. He also enjoys cooking and a good game of pool.
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