Biography

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Theo Chandler (b. 1992) is a composer of concert music. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Music at the Juilliard School, studying Composition with Steven Stucky. He completed his Undergraduate degree at Oberlin Conservatory with majors in Composition and Clarinet Performance. Chandler served as the Young Composer in Residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings (Theo's profile at DCW&S, and works in scheduled programs Gone with the Winds, Deconstructing Milhaud’s “Creation”) for the 2014-15 season. He has received commissions from George Sakakeeny, Alexa Still, Michael Rosen, and others. His orchestra piece After the Dance was premiered in 2015 by Oberlin Chamber Orchestra under Raphael Jimenez and his cadenza for the Ligeti Violin Concerto was performed by Yuri Popowycz at an Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble concert in 2015. He has attended Brevard Music Center and New Music on the Point Festival in composition.

Also an accomplished clarinetist, Chandler has performed his daring Modern Etude for Clarinet at the Kennedy Center and the Akron New Music Festival, his Four Homophonic Studies for Oberlin’s Commencement Recital, and his Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra for Oberlin’s Concerto Competition Finals. He has collaborated on the premieres of over 100 pieces by fellow student composers.

Chandler is also an enthusiastic teacher – he has worked with students for Oberlin’s High School Composition Workshop for three years.

As an engraver, Chandler has prepared scores and parts for members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and others.