Theo Chandler is a composer, currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with Anthony Brandt. 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, and the Maryland Wind Festival Call for Scores. Chandler has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, Les Délices, Golden West Winds from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Amir Eldan, George Sakakeeny, Alexa Still, Michael Rosen, and others. He has been a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival and School. For the summer of 2018, he has received a fellowship to Copland House CULTIVATE and has been invited for the I-Park Composer + Musicians Collaborative Residency. Presently, he is the Emerging Composer Fellow for Musiqa, and was previously the Young Composer in Residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings (Theo's profile at DCW&S). He received his previous degrees from The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, studying composition with Melinda Wagner, Samuel Adler, Steven Stucky, and Lewis Nielson.
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.