George Chase

George Chase Quintet

Instrument: Trumpet

Originally from: Schenectady, NY

Now reside in: Woodland Heights of Houston, TX

How did you get started playing an instrument? 

I began by playing violin in 3rd grade and piano, and then began playing trumpet in the 4th grade.

How long have you performed with ROCO?

I have been playing with ROCO since the beginning!  It has been a pleasure.  I perform with the orchestra and with the brass quintet.  I love meeting new people at our concerts, the enthusiasm of our audience, playing great music with friends, and seeing old friends onstage and in the audience.

What do you do musically when you’re not playing with ROCO?

I play with Jazz Forever (a 10 piece jazz band), Opera in the Heights, and perform frequently with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet.  I also teach in my music studio.

What are you listening to on your IPHONE/mobile music device?  Whats your favorite App? 

Last played on my iPhone were High Life (played by Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate), Potato Head Blues (played by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven), Jennifer Koh, Arnold Steinhardt, Clifford Brown, Lenny Kravitz, the Metropolitan Opera Brass, and an album by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Interests outside music:  

I enjoy reading, getting to the beach every chance I get, good coffee, and spending time with my family.  Naps are good, too!  I’m a nap fan.

What makes ROCO special to you? 

The personal connections made with the audience, the closer proximity of the audience, the energy shared between the musicians and the audience, the interesting programming.  I love having the opportunity to play with my friends here in Houston and from across the country.  I also love being able to spread the word about ROCO through promoting our streaming capability.  I’m thrilled that our board is so supportive of the organization, and wants to see it continue to grow.

What makes Houston unique and inspiring for you? 

The city has grown by leaps and bounds, and it is a place of such diversity!  There are so many people here doing really interesting work.  I also love the proximity to the water, giving me and my wife frequent opportunities to completely wipe out in our kayak.


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 Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Bach Society, Opera in the Heights.  For 8 years, he taught at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.  He currently performs with ROCO (the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra), the ROCO Brass Quintet, Opera in the Heights, and Jazz Forever. He serves on the ROCO Board, 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 8 year old daughter.



Rice University, Master of Music

Curtis Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music