Violinist Chase Ward is focused on communicating music’s humanity through his active teaching and performing appointments. Now based in Michigan, he currently serves on faculty at the Sphinx Organization’s Overture Program, the Flint School of Performing Arts, and is a mentor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles. Chase is a member of the Lansing and Flint Symphony Orchestras, having previously performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and the Cimarron Opera Company. Chase is a winner of the Kieth and Ad Astra String Competitions, the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition, and was a featured soloist in the “Rising Stars” recital series at Texas Strings Festival. As a chamber musician, he has performed the Brahms Piano Quintet with members of the Calidore Quartet and has performed Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet on Interlochen Public Radio. Other collaborations include performances with the Catalyst Quartet, the bands The Falls, Remington, and the premier of TJ Cole’s Violin Miniatures. Festival appearances include performances at the Meadowmount School of Music and the Marrowstone Music Festival.
Chase is also a founding member of the Saros Trio, an ensemble dedicated to exploring the vast range of works for clarinet, violin, and piano. They are recent winners of the University of Michigan’s 2018 Briggs Chamber Music Competition, receiving second prize as well as an additional prize for their performance of Corey Dundee’s “sb3.”
After receiving his diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, Chase earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Oklahoma and most recently, his Master of Music from the University of Michigan. His principle teachers include David Halen and Hal Grossman, and in master class with Simon Fischer, Bayla Keyes, William Preucil, and Naoko Tanaka. He plays on a 2018 Sharon Querciagrossa violin made in Ann Arbor.