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Chase Morrin

Pianist/composer/arranger/band leader, Chase Morrin, 18, from San Diego is currently a freshman in a five-year double-degree program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music (B.S. at Harvard, 2015/M.M. at NEC, 2016). Chase is pursuing a science concentration at Harvard and jazz composition at the conservatory. He is currently studying with Ken Shaphorst and Frank Carlburg, composes for the NEC Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra (JCWO) and plays in an NEC ensemble directed by Jerry Bergozni. His musical activities have included composing and conducting for Canyon Crest Academy's choir, music, dance and theater conservatories; percussion in the wind ensemble; piano for MiraCosta College’s Latin Jazz Orchestra; piano for Palomar College's jazz ensemble; and bonang in a Javanese gamelan orchestra through the World Center of Music. Chase directs, composes, and arranges for the Chase Morrin Trio, winning first place in the 2011 "Open Combo" division at Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18, 2011. Chase has earned multiple national and state awards, including the ASCAP Plus Award for composition recognition; three ASCAP Young Jazz Composer awards; eight DownBeat awards in composition, arrangement and leading his own school groups; several composition and film scoring awards through the Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Young Composer’s Guild; and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2011 Gerald Wilson Award for his big band composition “Mumphis” which was performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra on September 18, 2011. In addition, Chase won the 2010 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award (all southern California) in the jazz instrumental category with an original composition; was all-star pianist at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2009 and 2011; and won first place for his hip-hop-influenced original jazz project with a school trio he created for the Reno Jazz Festival in 2011. Chase has traveled to Indonesia to study gamelan music; selected as the pianist on full scholarship for Berklee College of Music’s Summer Jazz Workshop; and selected as a fellow for the 2010 Vail Jazz Workshop and Festival. During the summer of 2011 Chase performed on a cruise ship from San Francisco to Alaska as an "Emerging Young Artist" through Spotlights and Crystal Cruises; went on a West-Coast tour as the pianist for the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra; and recorded his first original CD, En Común, with his trio. Just two weeks after starting Harvard in Cambridge, Chase flew back to California to perform at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival with his quartet and with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, September 2011. Chase discovered the keyboard at the age of eight when he received a toy “Costco” keyboard for Christmas. He immediately started playing and composing and has never stopped since then. A natural musician, Chase draws from a variety of cultural musical influences, hoping to inspire and connect his audiences. More information on Chase at www.chasemorrin.com.