Theo Chandler is a Houston-based composer, currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. Chandler is the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters and a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP. He was selected as the winner of Juilliard's Orchestra Competition, Juilliard's Gena Raps Competition, the New Juilliard Ensemble Competition, the Maryland Wind Festival Call for Scores, and was runner up for the RED NOTE New Music Festival Chamber Music Competition. Chandler has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony First Music Program, Tanglewood Music Center, Les Délices, Golden West Winds, Amir Eldan, Alexa Still, and others.
During the summer, Chandler has been a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, Copland House CULTIVATE, and Aspen Music Festival, and was selected for an I-Park Composer + Musicians Collaborative Residency with Akropolis Reed Quintet. He has been the Young Artist Composer for Da Camera, Emerging Composer Fellow for Musiqa, the Composer in Residence for Les Délices, and the Young Composer in Residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. In the summer of 2019 he will be the Composer in Residence for the Maryland Wind Festival, and a fellow at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the Mizzou International Composers Festival.
Chandler received his previous degrees from The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory. His composition teachers include Karim Al-Zand, Anthony Brandt, Melinda Wagner, Samuel Adler, Steven Stucky, Lewis Nielson, and Dan Tacke.
Also an accomplished clarinetist, Chandler has performed his 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 one hundred pieces by fellow composers.