Hailed by the International Trumpet Guild for her “sweet, singing sound” and “shimmering vibrato”, Chloe Swindler thrives on finding the sweet spots of blurred genre lines. Her career includes engagements as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, jazz musician, and a studio musician. As a jazz trumpeter, vocalist, pianist, and guitarist, she has performed at jazz festivals and as a featured artist during concerts for the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass tours.
Ms. Swindler is the second prize winner of the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition in Miami, Florida. 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. Ms. Swindler has performed with both the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and is the first call substitute for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia..
As a jazz and studio performer, Ms. Swindler has performed at Dizzy’s Club in New York City and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. She was the featured vocalist at the Indiana University South Bend 2019 Jazz Festival and performed in the 2017-2019 Yale Jazz Ensemble as the lead trumpet, section trumpet, and vocalist. As a studio musician, Ms. Swindler recorded “Instrument of Hope” at Capitol Records 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.
Ms. Swindler 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 the fall of 2015, she spent a semester studying abroad at the Royal College of Music where she studied with the BBC Symphony Principal Trumpet (formerly), Alan Thomas.
As an educator in academia, Ms. Swindler currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University, Los Angeles and as a Teaching Assistant for the Brass Department and Trumpet Studio at UCLA. She has taught guest lectures at Shenandoah University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In addition, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant for “The Art of Listening” general music course at UCLA. 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”.
One of Ms. Swindler’s greatest passions is research. While enrolled in the Kilachand Honors College, she 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. Ms. Swindler’s doctoral thesis, a work in progress, focuses on works for trumpet by women and composers of color.
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, Ms. Swindler 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.
Ms. Swindler 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. 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, Ms. Swindler also served on the Student Advisory Council that advised the Dean of Students on agenda items regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and student life.