With Rob Archibald’s recent announcement that he is stepping down as conductor of Ensign Chorus we have begun searching for a new conductor. Our search is going well and candidates are being discussed. We will announce our new conductor this fall!
Mr. Chase Chang holds an M. M. in Conducting from Brigham Young University, a B.A. and B.M. in Music Education from the University of Washington, and is a National Board certified teacher in music. He studied violin with Walter Schwede, studied oboe with former principal Chicago Symphony oboist, Alex Klein, and studied conducting with Kory Katseanes (director of School of Music at BYU and conductor). His mentors have also included music educator and composer Mark Jasinski , Tim Salzman (director of the University of Washington bands), Arthur Shaw (retired conductor; Western Washington Univeristy and Rogue Valley Symphony).
Mr. Chang worked with nationally known composer, Richard Meyer, and premiered “A Keltic Feast” with his middle school orchestra in 2008. “A Keltic Feast” is now a published piece performed by many orchestras around the nation. Mr. Chang conducted for the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) for three years. He conducted orchestras and taught music theory at the St. Martin’s University Summer Music camp. At SOGO, Mr. Chang premiered the children’s program piece, “The Little Pernambuco Tree”. He coached winds and strings for the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, and Everett Youth Symphony. Mr. Chang held principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra, band, and choir in the public schools since 1998.
Mr. Chang has been sought after as a clinician, judge, and guest conductor around the Puget Sound area. He is a long time and active member of the Washington Music Educators’ Association and was Site Manager for the 2011 WMEA High School All-Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Group Manager for the 2014 All-State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chang directed the orchestras at Tyee Middle School in the Bellevue School District and is the current director of the Bellevue High School Orchestras. Mr. Chang’s student orchestras consistently receive high marks at festivals and was selected at a national level to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2015. He is the artistic director and principal conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Chase Chang, his wife, Christi Chang, and their two children reside in Renton, Washington.