Erin Chase

Assistant Professor
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Erin Chase is an active singer-songwriter and fiddle player in the Boston music scene, performing at local venues such as Atwood’s Tavern and the historic Club Passim. With a background in American roots music traditions, such as old time and bluegrass, she brings a vintage vibe to her modern approach to songwriting on the fiddle.

Chase has Nashville recording experience with Grammy-winning and platinum-status recording artists including Johnny Duke of Little Big Town and Laur Joamets of Sturgill Simpson. Her work can be heard on Elisa Smith’s debut EP, Hitch a Ride. In addition, she has worked closely with local Boston producers Daniel Cardinal of Dimension Sound Studios and Sean McLaughlin of 37’ Productions.

In addition to earning her professional diploma in songwriting and fiddle from Berklee College of Music in 2014, Chase has been playing fiddle and violin for over 25 years, studying both classical music and traditional folk music. Her educational background includes 13 years of study in the Suzuki violin method, private instruction and symphonic experience at the University of Montana, and fiddle instruction from a variety of Berklee professors and visiting artists.

Career Highlights
  • Performer, bandleader, songwriter, and manager of Erin Bonnie Music
  • Songwriter and lead vocalist of the EP Ain't Enough Bourbon
  • Fiddle player and background vocalist of Elisa Smith and the Tiny Little Lies on the Hitch a Ride and Verne's Little Lie EPs
  • Honorable mention in the January/February 2018 American Songwriter magazine songwriting contest for the original song "Drunk on Love"
  • Professional Diploma, Berklee College of Music, songwriting
  • B.S., University of Montana, Missoula, resource conservation
In Their Own Words

"In songwriting, it's not just about what you say, but how you say it. As professional writers, how can we structure our lyrics and our musical ideas to best support and enhance our content? How do we convey emotion? And what does that mean for the listener? Those are the essential questions."

"As a graduate of the songwriting program here at Berklee, I am familiar with not only the curriculum, but also the student experience. I know how to explain these concepts because I've struggled with them myself. Therefore I strive to bring clarity and purpose to every lesson I bring into the classroom."

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