About BHS Orchestra


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, oboe with former principal Chicago Symphony oboist, Alex Klein, and conducting with Kory Katseanes. His mentors have also included music educator and composer Mark Jasinski, Arthur Shaw, conductor of Rogue Valley Symphony/Western Washington University, and Tim Salzman director of the University of Washington bands. 

Mr. Chang worked with composer Richard Meyer, and premiered A Keltic Feast with his middle school orchestra.  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.  Mr. Chang held principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra, band, choir, and A.P. Music Theory in the public schools since 1998. Mr. Chang and his wife, Christi Chang, founded the String Academy music camp in at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat center in Ellensburg, Washington. Mr. Chang has been sought after as a clinician, judge, and guest conductor around the Puget Sound area. He guest conducted Lake Washington School District’s Honor Orchestra and will be guest conductor for the 2016 Renton School District Honor Orchestra.

He is a long time and active member of the Washington Music Educators' Association. He was site manager for the 2011 WMEA High School All-Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Group Manager for the 2014 All-Northwest Orchestra, and Group manager for the 2016 All-State Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. Chang is the appointed conductor for the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant conductor for the Seattle Ensign Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chang and his wife Christi reside in Renton, Washington with their children, Ellie and Ethan.