Eurhythmics/Musicianship, Voice Faculty
B.S. Music Education - Slippery Rock University
Chase Alexander Upchurch is a young composer, conductor, performer, and educator working in the Pittsburgh area. Recently, Chase graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Since then, Chase has pursued a full-time teaching career as part of Western Beaver Area School District teaching PreK-12 music. In addition to his full-time job, Chase is also the choir director and pianist at Nixon United Methodist church, a private voice and piano teacher at Sing Sing Sing USA, and he also enjoys operating his own private lessons studio.
Most notably as an educator, Chase has taught the Eurhythmics room for the Pittsburgh Symphony's "Fiddlesticks" concert series, he presented at the APME (Association for Popular Music Pedagogy) national conference, and he was awarded an international music education scholarship through Mu Phi Epsilon for his teaching experience, professional recommendations of his teaching, and his philosophy of music education.
As a performer, Chase has won the musical theatre division for NATS, the Chad Williamson Vocal Competition at Slippery Rock University, and was awarded one of the twenty-two prestigious spots for the international summer opera program Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti program in Lucca Italy where he studied opera performance with master teachers and coaches.
Lastly, Chase has been studying Dalcroze Eurhythmics for three years (8 weeks) at Carnegie Mellon University where he is a certificate candidate. In addition to his summer studies at CMU, Chase also trained under Anthony Molinaro during his student teaching, and has subbed for CMU's preparatory classes in the Eurhythmics room.
All in all, Chase strongly believes that it is his job as an educator to show everyone, especially his students, how music can unlock the beauty of the world around them and inside of them, for that is the essence of music. He believes that music education is incredibly beneficial to all people through its characteristics of passion and discipline, and that all teachers of music education should work towards teaching about life through music, since music is not independent of life, but interconnected in almost every aspect of humanity. He believes that through the process of music training, one may be able to enhance their physical, social, emotional and/or spiritual being. To guide that process, he believes that it is his moral responsibility to create an environment in which students have the ability to explore and find their own way with the guidance of an acting expert. Lastly, he believes in the betterment of those who are a part of his classroom. This means that as an educator, he will do his best to teach in ways that reflect the interests and identities of his students. This is the focus of his teaching. He believes that it is about the journey that we take together through music.