Annual Student Soloist - Lovezzola Music Award Winner

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Chase Nicholson

Student Soloist

Rogers High School


Chase Nicholson

I was born on June 23rd 1993 and was raised here in Puyallup Washington by my wonderful parents Scot and Jeri Nicholson. I have 2 older sisters: Haley (21) and Chelsea (23). I started piano lessons my 4th grade year with Janus Sucko. From here, I began to explore the realm of music more. I started playing the saxophone in 5th grade and didn’t start private lessons until the end of my 8thgrade year. Since then I have studied with Fred Winkler, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Puget Sound and at Western Washington University. I currently am a senior at Rogers High School and will be attending the University of Southern California for the next 4 years earning a Bachelor of Music. My mom and dad have been very supportive of all my endeavors. I plan to eventually compose music for movies.

Musical Participation in School:

  • Jazz band (directed by Mr. Bruce Leonardy)

  • Symphonic Winds (directed by Mr. Bruce Leonardy)

  • Concert Choir (directed by Mr. Justin Wisness)

  • Jazz Choir (directed by Mr. Justin Wisness) 

  • Rotary Student of the Month for Music

  • Selected to be part of the Top 20 at Rogers High School

  •  1st place in the 2010/2011 WA State solo and ensemble competition for Alto/Sop Saxophone

  •  1st place in the 2011/2012 WA State solo and ensemble competition for Alto/Sop Saxophone

  •  3rd Place at MTNA Nationals in the Young Artist Division (representing UPS) for Wind Ensembles