Faculty Bio

Jesse Chavez

College of Fine Arts and Production

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Jesse Chavez's background covers the breadth and width of musical experience--from teaching beginning band students to touring the world with the critically acclaimed Synergy Brass Quintet.

With a soaring reputation as a teacher in Phoenix, Chavez presides over a well-known private studio and works with several area marching bands as well. His efforts writing and arranging music for show bands have garnered high honors at competitions in the Southwest.

Small ensembles continue to be a priority for Chavez; in addition, he presides over a brass choir for young people and continues to promote his own performance ensemble, Phoenix Chamber Brass. PCB is in residence with Trinity Cathedral in downtown Phoenix and American Lutheran Church in Sun City; the group has concerts and competitions planned for the upcoming season. Chavez also gigs around town with Salt River Brass, Phoenix Chorale, Southwest Conference Orchestra, and the Mill Avenue Chamber Players.

Chavez, whose "virtuosic techniques and quicksilver double tonguing" was called "alarmingly agile" in a review of the Luzerne Music Festival (held annually in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state),has also performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and at New York's Carnegie Hall, in a three-city tour of Japan and at a variety of music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Festival; the International Institute & Festival at Roundtop (Texas); the 68th annual Engadin Music Festival in the Swiss Alps; the Festival de Musica de Cmara in Aguascalientes, Mexico; the Midwest Clinic (Chicago); the Ravinia Music Festival, also in Chicago; and the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Calgary, Canada.

Chavez has also taught clinics and master classes at colleges and universities nationwide, including Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), Notre Dame University (South Bend, Indiana), the Ohio State University in Columbus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas-Denton.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Chavez's first music lessons were on the piano, but he took up the tuba in his early teens and in high school was an All-State musician. He attended the prestigious Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and began planning a career in music performance after he founded his first tuba quartet. He attained his BM.Ed. at Tennessee Technological University, where he studied with the internationally recognized tubist R. Winston Morris and performed in the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. He has also studied with Sam Pilafian, Demondrae Thurman, Nat McIntosh and Marcus Arnold. In his spare time, Chavez composes and arranges for both small and large wind ensembles.