Chase Hatmaker is a recent graduate of Maryville College (2014) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Chase began formal piano lessons at nine years old, and only five years later began assisting as choir pianist for his high school concert choir, a role which he maintained for four years. During this time, he won first place in the classical music division of the 2008 Roane State Community College Academic Festival. While enrolled at Maryville College, he gained extensive experience in the roles of solo and collaborative pianist, and performed regularly in student recitals, various ensemble concerts, and off-campus events. In 2013, he received the Robert Bonham Music Faculty Award for Superior Performance. As a Maryville College student, he also gained experience as a professional church musician, serving as the campus chapel pianist and acting as a substitute pianist for a number of churches in the greater Knoxville area. In 2012, Chase accepted the position of Pianist/Organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maryville, where he continues to accompany choir rehearsals, worship services, and various events.
He is also a student of the Taubman school of piano technique, which emphasizes wellness, as well as musicality at the piano. He was a 2013 attendant of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar at the University of North Texas, and wrote in his senior year at Maryville College a thesis that outlined the basic approach and applications of the technique. Chase currently maintains an active private lesson studio and continues to play for various freelance performances across East Tennessee.