Adjunct Instructor of Music
Constance Chase leads a wide-ranging professional life as performer, voice teacher, conductor and author. A lyric soprano and accomplished soloist in recital and chamber works, Ms. Chase has performed in critically acclaimed Mostly Mozart Festival concerts under the direction of Louis Langree, Nicholas McGegan and Gerard Schwarz. Currently in her tenth season as Director of the West Point Glee Club, she has led the internationally-known choir in performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and produced six new recordings. This season marks her debut as the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Connecticut Chamber Choir. She is co-author with Shirlee Emmons of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press, 2006. The book for choral directors and singers applies new principles of voice science, leadership and performance psychology to the choral setting. Her private voice students are state and national award winners of NATS, MTNA and NFAA competitions.
Ms. Chase holds the B.M., magna cum laude, in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the M.A. in Voice Performance from Hunter College, City University of New York, where she studied with Shirlee Emmons, and Zertifikat in German language studies from Goethe Institute, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. She was named to Pi Kappa Lambda as an undergraduate, and won the Agnes M. Duffy prize at Hunter College. She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and currently serves as Secretary of the CT Chapter NATS.