“I create music for performing musicians and seek to fully engage them as they learn and perform my compositions.”  – Richard J. Chandler

The week of this week of June 1st, 2020.  As a composer, Richard J. Chandler’s works have been performed by the Minnesota Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, the Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra, the St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Wind Ensemble, the University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet and in college recitals at SCSU, CSB, the U of MN as well as in recitals throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro and in Greater Minnesota. 

Richard performed previously with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Amadeus Chamber Symphony. Richard currently performs on bassoon, saxophones and recorders with the CloudWinds Trio and freelances in the Central Minnesota area. 

News & Events

  • Posted on November 17, 2019

    Our recital went well! We had approximately 45 people present between audience members and musicians. Works of the two French composers, Ibert & Koechlin, Polish, (but French inspired) composer Szalowski, and J.S. Bach, Joplin and my own four original works and arrangements all came together for us. Vocalist Jody Martinson joined us for an original work and an arrangement of Londonderry Aire - "Oh Danny Boy," by me. People, (the trio included), loved her singing! Vocalist Jody Martinson and fellow trio members Tom Gaetz and Deb Berglund join me in thanking all who joined us at the recital. Without support by enthusiastic supporters and audience members, we would not be able to continue performing for our community. Best, Richard

  • Posted on June 22, 2019

    By Richard J. Chandler, MA, Composer​In 2018, I completed a new work based on the life of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. The narrator of the piece tells Sax's story in the first person as if Adolphe Sax himself returned from the afterlife and told us his life story.Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & NarratorSax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance's Region 3 Conference by The University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet March 16th, 2019.  It was heard in the University of Minnesota music recital hall by an audience of saxophone enthusiasts from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota & Iowa. Many were students, music professors, professional and educator saxophonists. ​The University of Minnesota Saxophone QuartetThe quartet is under the leadership of Dr. Preston Duncan.  Quartet members are: Christopher Dickhaus, Soprano Saxophone ​Russell Sweet, Alto Saxophone ​​Adam Shaw, Tenor Saxophone ​​Emily Brewer, Baritone Saxophone ​​Ronnie Bell, II, ​​​Narrator, as the ghost of Adolphe SaxAdolphe Sax Narrates His LifeAdolphe Sax invented saxophones as well as the modern bass clarinet and a family of brass instruments called "Saxhorns," which are now known as "Flugelhorns."What follows are the highlights of his life based on my research and source material from the book: Adolphe Sax, 1814-1894: His life and legacy by Wally Horwood.These are the words used in my work, Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator. Please listen to the YouTube Video as you read the words. Note: the words in bold italic are spoken with the music and the rest of the words between the music.