artistic director: constance chase
Artistic Director of Connecticut Chamber Choir since 2008, Constance Chase has led the ensemble in performances of J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria,Haydn’s Paukenmesse, the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems,Bernstein’s MASS, and programs of significant chamber choir repertoire, including its 2011 New York City debut at St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s annual “A City Singing at Christmas.”
Director of the West Point Glee Club since 1999, Ms.Chase has directed the renowned college choir in performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, conducted national concert tours, and six recordings, including Mansions of the Lord for the closing credits of the Paramount feature film, We Were Soldiers; the CD/DVD Stand Ye Steady; a PBS live concert production with pianist Marina Arsenijevic and the West Point Band entitled Marina at West Point; and the song ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired, with country artist Trace Adkins, which they performed live with Mr. Adkins at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas. Under her preparation, the Glee Club garnered critical praise from the New York Times for its “robust and well-prepared singing” in a 2008 Carnegie Hall performance with the Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Director, of the Rimsky-Korsakov opera, The Tsar’s Bride. The Glee Club is also in frequent demand for nationally televised appearances by invitation of Lifetime Network, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, the Fiesta Bowl, the BCS National Championship, the Breeders Cup, and Super Bowl XXXIX.
Ms.Chase is an adjunct professor in applied voice at Western Connecticut State University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. Her private voice students are state and national award winners of NATS, MTNA and NFAA competitions. A lyric soprano and accomplished soloist in recital and chamber works, Ms. Chase has performed at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Louis Langree, Nicholas McGegan, and Jane Glover. She is co-author with the late Shirlee Emmons of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press (2006). She presents workshops and master classes for NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and AGO (American Guild of Organists). She is a member of ACDA, NATS, AGO, and currently serves as Governor, Connecticut District, NATS.
Ms. Chase holds the B.M., magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was named to Pi Kappa Lambda, Zertifikat from Goethe Institut, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and the M.A. in Voice Performance from Hunter College — City University of New York, where she was awarded the Agnes M. Duffy Prize.