Chloe Swindler is an international award-winning soloist. As a classically trained trumpetiste, she thrives on finding the sweet spots of blurring genre lines. Chloe has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, studio musician, and jazz artist. As a jazz trumpetiste, vocalist, pianist, and guitar player, she has performed at jazz festivals and as a featured artist during concerts for the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass tours.
In the classical genre, Chloe won second-prize in the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition in Miami, Florida. As a chamber musician, Chloe is the founder of Chromatic Brass – an all womxn of color brass ensemble. She has been an Associate Artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass since 2018.
As an orchestral musician, she is the first call substitute for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In November of 2019, she recorded the world premier of Ian Krauss’ Symphony No. 5 in Seoul, South Korea as the principal trumpet with the Seocho Philharmonia. Chloe has performed with both the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the latter for which she is currently on the sublist.
As an accomplished jazz and studio performer, Chloe has performed at Dizzy’s Club in New York City and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. She was a featured vocalist at the Indiana University South Bend Jazz Festival and performed as both the lead trumpeter and vocalist for the 2018-2019 Yale Jazz Ensemble. As a studio musician, Chloe recorded “Instrument of Hope” at Capitol Records in Los Angeles in 2019 and recorded numerous projects at Boston’s WGBH studio including John Wallace’s The Vacant Shore and the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XV.
Chloe is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and is a student of Jens Lindemann. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Allan Dean. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she studied with Terry Everson and was dually enrolled in the Kilachand Honors College. During her junior year, she spent a semester studying abroad at the Royal College of Music where she studied with the BBC Symphony Principal Trumpet, Alan Thomas.
As an educator, Chloe has maintained a private teaching studio since 2016. While completing the work for her M.M., she worked from 2017-2019 as a Teaching Artist for the Yale Music in Schools Initiative which provided free lessons to students in the Greater New Haven area. After moving to Los Angeles, Chloe was immediately hired to work at Roosevelt Elementary School in San Gabriel, where she taught her own classroom of woodwind students daily – as well as a weekly joint brass class.
One of Chloe’s greatest passions is research. While enrolled in the Kilachand Honors College, Chloe completed her thesis Keystone Project: “African-American Female Instrumentalists”. In her research, she focused on the contributions of Black female instrumentalists from the 1880’s to today. While at Yale University, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Department of African American Studies under Professor Daphne Brooks. Chloe’s doctoral thesis, a work in progress, focuses on works for trumpet by women and composers of color.
As an academic educator, Chloe has taught guest lectures at UCLA. She has served as a Teaching Assistant for the Brass Department, Trumpet Studio, and the “The Art of Listening” general music course. While at Yale, she presented her archival project “African-American Female Instrumentalists: An Archive of Black Female Sound from the Late Nineteenth Century to Now” for The Black Sound and the Archive Working Group’s event “Exhibition: Sound Archives”. While at Yale, she also presented original research in her presentation: “The Music of Black Women: Blues, Freedom, and Afrofuturism”.
Chloe is the founder of “The Common Ground Series: Community Conversations”, a series she created that provides a space for people with varying levels of “common ground” to engage in respectful discussions on topics affecting their community.
She is the founder of the Yale School of Music Black Collective, a revival of a 1960’s student group for Black students in the School of Music. While at Yale, Chloe served on the Student Advisory Council that advised the Dean of Students on agenda items regarding diversity, equity, inclusion and student life. Chloe currently serves as a co-chair of the Anti-Racism Action Committee at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and recently began hosting a weekly Anti-Racism Mindfulness series.