R. Christopher Teichler, Composer


"The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls" Premier
(April 3, 2019)

My newest piece for the MidCities Chamber Singers will be premiered on Saturday, April 27th at 7PM. The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls, text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Click here for more info and to order tickets. Hope to see you there! 

 Composition Recital - Songs of Praise and Petition
(March 28, 2019)

Lullaby Premier
(March 4, 2019)

Info on the Lullaby premier: there will be three April performances:

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Waterstone Community Church (6:30PM)
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Colorado Christian University (3PM and 7:30PM)

(Click here for more info)

Lullaby is for SATB, Flute, Harp and String Quartet
Text by Jennifer Polson Peterson.

***UPDATE*** I will be traveling to Denver for the April 18th premier. I'm excited, nervous, honored, humbled...I'm looking forward to being there very much. 

Consortium Opportunities
(February 24, 2019)

Choir directors interested in commissioning new music: I've got some great opportunities for you! I've recently joined Consortio, a website that brings together composers and ensembles to commission new music and "help fund their creation by sharing the cost with other ensembles." The pieces I am putting together and searching for ensembles to join include the following:

You can view each project individually by clicking the above links, or see them all on my Consortio page here. Feel free to share with anyone you know that might be interested! Thanks! 


April 2, 2019 Composition Recital!
(February 19, 2019)

I will be having a composition recital on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30PM in Reynolds Auditorium on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The recital will be free and open to the public. 

Several of my newer works for chamber ensembles and choir will be featured, including works that I composed on my Fall 2018 Sabbatical. Program will include:

The Solid Rock - Brass Trio (Trumpet, Horn and Trombone)
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven - SATB and Piano
I Lay My Sins on Jesus - SATB and Piano
Take Up Your Cross - SATB and Piano
Psalm of Praise - SATB, Piano, Trumpet and Trombone
Now I Give Myself to Thee - SATB, Piano and Flute

If you're in the DFW area on April 2nd, I hope to see you there! Thanks! 

New Choral Commission
(January 22, 2019)

I’m both excited and humbled to announce a new choral piece I’ll be writing. I’ve been commissioned to compose a work for SATB, flute, harp and string quartet for Colorado Christian University, for a 20th anniversary memorial of the Columbine shootings. The text is a moving poem by Jennifer Peterson. The premier will be this April, and I’ll release more details as they become available.

Valor and Virtue
for Concert Band
(January 7, 2019)

This past Midwest Clinic I released a new piece for intermediate level band, an overture with with driving/energetic sections and a lyrical middle section. Valor and Virtue was written with middle school bands in mind, but will also offer opportunities for musical expression for older ensembles. Preview the score and hear a recording here!


  #GoAndDoLikewise T-Shirts!

(January 7, 2019)

I have a t-shirt! I had these made to help spread the word about my cantata The Good Samaritan, for SATB and chamber orchestra. The phrase that propelled me to write the work was "Go and do likewise," which is how the famous parable concludes. I wrote my musical setting in hopes that it will challenge and encourage others to live by the message of Jesus' teaching on what loving our neighbor looks like, starting with myself.  I hope these shirts will help promote my piece, but more than that, I hope that they can get some needed conversation going on what the parable is about!. Click here to order your #GoAndDoLikewise t-shirt! 

(P.S. If you're in D/FW and ever need t-shirts made, I highly recommend Yep! Tees. :-D) 

Wrapping Up Midwest

(December 21, 2018)

And just like that, it was all over. It was a little sad! I felt like I was just staring to get to know the other members of TPC Collective, then it was time to pack up and leave. But, it was so much fun! 
I made many new friends, met several conductors who support new music (!), and heard great new music by composers young and...less young! It was inspiring, rejuvenating, exhausting, exhilarating.

Check out Katherine Bergman’s music here.

Check out Arthur Breur’s music here.

Check out Garrett Hope’s music here. 

New Band and Orchestra Compositions Featured at Midwest

(December 20, 2018)

I‘m pleased to unveil 3 new educational works for band and orchestra at Midwest this year! 2 for concert band, one for string orchestra:

Gaudy Haughty March for Concert Band (Grade 3/4)

Valor and Virtue for Concert Band (Grade 2/3)

Welcome Home for String Orchestra (Grade 2/3)

If you’re at Midwest, you can come to booth 1503 to take a look at the scores and hear recordings. If not, I’ll have everything posted, including ordering info, after January 1st.  

At Midwest!!!

(December 19, 2018)

This week I’m in Chicago for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic; I’ve attended the conference for years as an educator and conductor, this is the first time I’m exhibiting as a composer! I’m thrilled to be part of TPC Collective with fellow composers Katherine Bergman, Arthur Breur and Garrett Hope. Visit our website to learn more about these other fine composers and get to know their work, and please share! If you are at Midwest, please visit us in booth 1503; we‘d love to meet you!