Richard Chandler Performs on Alto Saxophone

Richard J Chandler

As a composer, Richard Chandler’s works have been performed by the Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra, the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble, in faculty recitals at St. Cloud State University and The College of St. Benedicts and St. Johns University, as well as in recitals in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and in Greater Minnesota. He began his music performance degree at St. Johns University and the College of St. Benedict and completed his BA music degree at St. Cloud State University. As a performer, Richard has appeared with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra on contrabassoon, bassoon and alto saxophone and with the Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra on bassoon. He studied saxophone with Ruben Haugen, Jerry D. Luedders and Richard Dirlam. Chandler studied composition with Jerome Collier at St. Johns University and the College of St. Benedict and Dr. Alex Lubet, Music Composition Professor at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Chandler’s compositions range from wind ensemble to solo piano, chamber orchestra works to saxophone duets. They include:


5 Evening Pieces for Piano, which has been performed numerous times in college faculty recitals, private recitals and in a central MN regional recital program.

Sleep Now for Voice has been performed in faculty recitals at St. Cloud State University and St. Johns University

DaVinci Transcending Time Duets have been performed on saxophones, clarinets and bassoons in many private recitals and at the American Composers Forum’s Composers Night Out event held in Sartell, MN. These duets comprise some of the thematic material for a larger work based on the writings of Leonardo DaVinci.

DaVinci Transcending Time for Wind Ensemble consists of 5 movements based on DaVinci quotations and the duets shown above.  2 of the 5 were premiered by the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble in 2011.

Dedication Fanfare for Brass Choir and Percussion

The work was inspired by the architecture of the building, featuring copper and metal sculpture as prominent materials. The piece reflected the feel and sound of metal with 9 brass instruments, timpani and tam tam. It was composed and performed to commemorate the new Saint Cloud Public Library at its dedication ceremony on September 20th, 2008 and played to end the ceremony as library patrons entered their new library building. Many hundreds of people heard the work.

3 Evening Pieces for Chamber Orchestra comprised of the movements: Evening Begins, Waves of Lake Superior and Prayer-Like. While constructed upon the ideas in 5 Evening Pieces for Piano, increased harmony, counterpoint and orchestral color are featured. This was premiered in December of 2016 by the Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra of St. Cloud, MN


Chandler is the recipient of a 2017 Individual Artist Grant from the Central Minnesota Regional Arts Board, funded by The McKnight Foundation.