Originally from: Schenectady, NY
Now reside in: Woodland Heights of Houston, TX
How did you get started? Being from a family of string players, I started on violin in the 3rd grade, and moved to trumpet in the 4th grade, playing in my elementary school band program.
How long have you performed with ROCO? Since the beginning.
What do you do when you’re not playing with ROCO? I teach trumpet at the University of Houston and at my home studio, and when I’m free, I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, kayaking and eating seafood. I also enjoy listening to music, reading and roasting coffee.
What did you do this summer? We took a trip to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, where I worked on raising my cholesterol by seeing how much ice cream and lobster I could eat (turns out I can eat a lot of those items… who knew?!?) We also went to the Bolivar Peninsula (across from Galveston) and spent time there kayaking, swimming, eating shrimp and working on a quality sunburn.
Most magical musical moment? Hmm… hard to name just one; so many terrific ROCO concerts! Outside of ROCO, playing with Ray Charles was a real treat.
Worst thing to ever happen to your instrument? I sent my instrument via the US Postal Service to have some work done, and the bell bow was totally crushed. Luckily trumpets are made of metal, and the repairman was able to work out the damage, so all is well!
Personal info: Married for 11 years, one daughter (Kai) and one doggie, Louie. My wife Vanessa is a piano teacher, and teaches in our garage music studio.
Bio: A native of upstate New York, George Chase attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and attended graduate school at Rice University. While in school, he performed with the Philadelphia Opera, the Harrisburg Symphony, the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Berkshire Opera during the summer. After his graduation from Rice, he joined the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico in Toluca, Mexico as associate principal trumpet. Upon his return to the United States, he began performing with area groups such as the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Bach Society, Opera in the Heights and taught at Houston Baptist University. He currently teaches trumpet at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, and performs with ROCO and the ROCO Brass Quintet. He serves on the Curtis Institute Alumni Council and on the advisory board of the Houston Youth Symphony. He lives in the Woodland Heights with his wife and 7 year old daughter.