Richard J. Chandler – Music Bio
Richard Chandler performs on bassoon and contrabassoon, alto and baritone saxophones, and recorders. As a composer, his works have been performed by the Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra, the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble, in faculty recitals at SCSU and CSB-SJU and in recitals in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and in Greater Minnesota. His dedication fanfare was performed as part of the dedication ceremony of the St. Cloud Public Library. 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 in 2012. He 2016 he was accepted into a graduate program in music composition at the University of Minnesota. Richard is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice focusing on career, executive coaching and relationship counseling. Richard has performed with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra on contrabassoon, bassoon and alto saxophone and the Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra on bassoon.
I played in school bands and wind ensembles from 5th grade through Sr. High and attended multiple summer music camps every summer from 9th grade through 12th grade. My rock band days were in early high school. I studied saxophone with Ruben Haugen in Jr. High and Jerry D. Luedders, PhD, through high school and for 3.5 years while in college as a music performance major at St. Johns University and the College of St. Benedict. Dr. Luedders later served as Chair of the California State University, Northridge Department of Music for over 17 years, whose program educates over 700 music majors.
I entered business prior to completing my senior year of college. After three decades of self employment and three grown children, I decided to pursue my aspiration for creating and performing music, despite the continuing high time demands of my private practice in natural healthcare. In the fall of 2006 I began private lessons studying saxophone again with Richard Dirlam, PhD, an extraordinary teacher and performer who has recorded works of recent composers on the Innova label. I have played music of 20th century composers on saxophone as part of private recitals sponsored by Mr. Dirlam in Minneapolis, recitals at St. Cloud State University and as the baritone saxophone player in a saxophone quartet at St. Johns University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The repertoire included late 20th and 21st century compositions.
From fall of 2007 – summer of 2008, I played contrabassoon with the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble led by Richard Hanson, Ph.D. I was awarded a scholarship based on my saxophone playing in spring of 2007, but the wind ensemble was in need of a contrabassoon player, so we applied the scholarship money towards contrabasson lessons with Laurie Merz, with whom I have continued to study. I’m currently studying bassoon, (rather than contrabassoon), with her.
I have studied with Ed Turley, PhD, chair of the music dept of St. Johns University and the College of St. Benedict, who gives me insightful feedback on compositions in process and on piano.
I have played bassoon, contrabassoon and saxophone with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. My focus is on music composition with performances of my own works as well as compositions by other composers.