Chase Dobson

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Chase Dobson is a student at Southern Methodist University, studying piano performance, music composition, and French language.  Before starting at SMU, Chase studied at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  Booker T is a true Arts school where Chase studied piano with Eva Flowers, composition with Kent Ellingson, and orchestra and conducting with Luis Martinez and David Large.  At Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Music in Dallas, Chase studies piano with Alfred Mouledous, and composition with Simon Sargon.  Chase’s academic work keeps pace with his art.  In 2012 at Booker T he received awards for sophomore of the year, the Math Award, and the Foreign Language Award, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA through high school.

Amaleia Ruble, who in her youth was a student of Leon Fleischer, was Chase’s first piano teacher starting when he was six years of age.  At nine, Chase started writing music.  During middle school he played saxophone and jazz piano with his school band, and studied music theory at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music with Dr. Paul Deakin.  In Chase’s eighth grade year Dr. Deakin said, “Chase has made rapid progress through our pre-college music theory curriculum (Tonal Harmony) and is now working at a level comparable to our 2nd-semester college students”.  After reviewing Chase’s early compositions, Dr Deakin encouraged Chase to continue and also recommended that he study Adler’s Study of Orchestration.

Since starting high school, Chase has earned several awards and performances for his compositions for chamber ensembles.  In the Young Masters AP Arts Exhibition in 2011–3rd place, 2012 2nd place, 2013 Honorable Mention, 2014 1st place, and from the North Texas Young Composer’s Project 2011–2nd place and 2012–1st place.  Vox Novus’ Fifteen Minutes of Fame Project performed his work for solo cello in New York in September 2012.  In piano performance, he placed first at the 2012 SMU Young Pianist Institute’s Piano Competition.  In 2013, his Perception for double string quintet was performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival Honors concert.

In 2011, the varsity string orchestra at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas Texas was invited to the Carnegie Debut Series in May of 2012.  The orchestra director, David Large, chose Chase’s Finestra as one of the pieces to perform at that concert.  Chase conducted orchestra rehearsals of Finestra through the 2011-2012 school year.  On May 5, 2012 Chase conducted their performance of Finestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In October 2012, the Booker T symphony orchestra began rehearsal of Chase’s Piano Concerto No.1, Homage to “Jupiter” with the premiere at the school’s Grand Concert in April of 2013.  Piano Concerto No. 1 will have its professional orchestra premiere in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season, with performances scheduled March 13-15 of 2015.  Case Scaglione of the New York Philharmonic will conduct, with Lucille Chung as the soloist.

Avant Chamber Ballet artistic director Katie Puder and music director David Cooper (also principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) named Chase composer in residence in 2013.  His first commission for the company, Faces of the Sun, was performed in 2013 and 2014 at the Eisemann Center, Collora Piano’s recital hall, the Dallas Museum of Art, Booker T Washington HSPVA, and broadcast on WRR 101 FM on Nancy Brunson’s show the Big One at 1:00.  In 2014, Chase composed ACB’s first full-length story ballet with an original score for Alice in Wonderland.

Chase has been featured and interviewed on Good Morning Texas, WRR Classical 101.1 FM’s Art Matters and Classical Cafe twice in 2013, once in 2014, featured on KERA’s Art&Seek, at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, D Magazine, and Paper City Magazine.  He currently serves as Vice President of Operations of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Teen Council.  Chase will start his college studies in the fall of 2014 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.