R. Christopher Teichler, Composer

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Dr. R. Christopher Teichler has been an active musician for over 30 years as composer, conductor, performer, and teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Composition from Northwestern University. Chris has received awards for his music from Wheaton College, the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, WFMT 98.7 FM Chicago, and the National Band Association. His music has been performed by ensembles ranging from middle school band through professional symphony orchestra. His works are published by R.T. Legacy, Alfred Music, Lorenz Music, Pelican Music Publishing, Kjos Music, TRN Music and BRS Music.

An accomplished conductor, Chris has directed numerous ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, choir, musical theatre, and opera for Wheaton College, Trinity International University, the Round Lake Area Community Band, and West Suburban Community Church.

Chris has taught composition, conducting, aural skills, trumpet, and piano, and his experience includes teaching at Wheaton, Trinity, Northwestern University and DePaul University, as well as privately. He is a member of the American Composers Forum, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. Chris is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX). He is also the Composer in Residence for the MidCities Chamber Singers, a choral group that performs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and their four beautiful children.