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Linda J. Chase is a composer, ecophilosopher, and flutist. Her music weaves elements of chamber music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation with spoken word and interdisciplinary arts. She has received composition awards from places including the Japan Foundation, Grand Canyon National Park, Kaji Aso Studio, the Morris Graves Institute, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, among other places. She is an active member of the Landscape Music Composers Network. In 2016 and 2017, Chase served as composer in residence at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, where she collaborated with Reverend Dr. Harvey G. Cox to create "The City Is Burning", a multimedia oratorio based on multifaith sacred texts. This work contemplates how the arts can build community, nurture compassion, and deepen awareness that inspires action.
"My teaching style is interactive. I believe in education that goes beyond collecting information to engagement, experimentation, and acknowledging intuitive ways of knowing. My approach to teaching is based on creative learning designs and explorations considering the importance of context, analysis, and reflection in order to ask difficult questions about artistic intent, purpose, and social responsibility. I explore educating with the intention of nurturing compassion and ask how artists can promote an understanding of critical issues that inspires action."
"As a composer, I strive to create socially engaged art that invites fertile conversations. I keep exploring how music can make a difference. My process of improvisation and composition informs my teaching in finding ways to cultivate an artistically educational approach to participate in environmental, peace, and social justice issues in a way that is relevant to emerging artists."