Christopher Chandler is a composer, sound artist, and a co-founder of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. He serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Union College in Schenectady, NY where he teaches courses in music theory, composition, and technology. His acoustic and electroacoustic work draws on field recordings, found sound objects, and custom generative software. His music has been performed across the United States, Canada, and France by leading ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, the American Wild Ensemble, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
His music has received recognition and awards for his music including a BMI Student Composer Award, an ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission, two first prizes from the Austin Peay State University Young Composer’s Award, winner of the American Modern Ensemble’s Annual Composition Competition, and the Nadia Boulanger Composition Prize from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. Christopher received a Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, an M.M. in composition from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. in composition and theory from the University of Richmond.