Theophilus Chandler, young composer-in-residence
Theo Chandler is a double major in composition and clarinet performance at Oberlin Conservatory. His principle teachers for composition are Lewis Nielson and Dan Tacke and his principle teacher for clarinet is Richard Hawkins. Recognizing the importance of building a community for new music, Chandler has premiered over 60 pieces for students and faculty during his time at Oberlin. He has performed his own pieces as well, particularly his Modern Etude for Clarinet, which he played at the Kennedy Center for Oberlin’s Danenberg Honors Recital as well as at the Akron New Music Festival. Chandler has been a participant at the Chautauqua Music Festival and New Music on the Point Festival. He has played in clarinet masterclasses for Larry Combs, Michael Wayne, and Elsa Verdehr and has presented in composition masterclasses for David Felder, Yehudi Wyner, George Lewis, and Russell Platt. Recently he has been commissioned by Robert Walters through Oberlin to create the first piano reduction of Walter Aschaffenburg’s Oboe Concerto. Chandler is committed both to writing in a new music idiom and to filling out the repertoire for previously underused instrument combinations with pieces written in historical styles.