Constance Chase, Artistic Director
Entering her eleventh season as Artistic Director, Constance Chase has led Connecticut Chamber Choir since 2008 in biannual performances of major works including J.S. Bach Magnificat, Vivaldi Gloria, Haydn Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Fauré and Duruflé Requiems, Bernstein MASS, Koshinski Concerto for Marimba and Choir, and chamber works spanning the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries. She conducted Illumination — CCC’s collaboration with renowned period instrument ensemble The Sebastians featuring early cantatas of J.S. Bach — in January 2017, the U.S. premiere of Donald Fraser’s arrangement for chamber choir and string orchestra of Elgar’s Sea Pictures in May 2016, its 2015 appearance at the inaugural ChoralfestUSA at Symphony Space, and CCC’s New York City debut in 2011 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
As Director of West Point Glee Club since 1999, Ms. Chase has conducted the renowned college choir in the nation’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Kaufmann Center, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and venues as varied as Soldier Field, Yankee Stadium, and Madison Square Garden. She regularly directs national concert tours and recordings, including West Point Glee Club: The Skywalker Sessions—a promotional CD recorded on the soundstage at renowned Skywalker Ranch—closing credits for We Were Soldiers (Paramount), Stand Ye Steady (Curtain Call) with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and composer-arranger Donald Fraser, Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity (PBS) with cross-over pianist Marina Arsenijivec, ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired (Capitol) with country artist Trace Adkins, which they performed live with Mr. Adkins at the 2009 ACM Awards Show, and CDs “Voice of the Corps” and “Live at Notre Dame.” She recently prepared the Glee Club for the New York premiere at Carnegie Hall of Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen and the past two Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular broadcasts on ABC. Under her preparation, the Glee Club garnered New York Times’ critical praise for its “robust and well-prepared singing” in a 2008 Carnegie Hall performance with Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Director, of The Tsar’s Bride. Recent guest conductor appearances include Symphony of the Americas and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Ms. Chase is an adjunct professor in applied voice at Western Connecticut State University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. A lyric soprano and accomplished soloist in recital and chamber works, Ms. Chase has performed as a choral artist under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Louis Langree, Nicholas McGegan, and Jane Glover. She is a member of and presents workshops on vocal technique across the country for ACDA and NATS. She has served as Governor and Secretary of CT Chapter NATS. She is co-author with preeminent voice teacher the late Shirlee Emmons of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press (2006). The book comprises a unique blend of practical expertise, voice science, and leadership psychology to equip choral singers and directors with the practical tools needed to achieve peak choral performance.