R. Christopher Teichler

Composer, Conductor, Educator

BM Wheaton College 
MM Northwestern University
DM Northwestern Univerity

TEstimonials 

 

"Chris brings creative musical ideas to rich texts allowing us to see the the texts in a new way... a gifted composer and a pleasure to work with, I highly recommend his work to you as music of the finest quality." -Dr. Robert Pendergraft, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor


"Scored for SATB choir, symphonic band, organ, and audience, ["The First Noel"] is a leisurely, thoughtful, colorful build-up to a final stanza sung by the audience with full band and a brilliant choral accompaniment. On the way to the climactic ending the audience is drawn to the mystery and wonder inherent in the text...A joy every time I hear it." -Prof. Chuck King, Trinity International University

 

"Over the years, I have commissioned several works from Christopher Teichler. His music is brilliantly written with beautiful, memorable melodies and interesting harmonies. He is a master of writing music that is both exciting for the performer and engaging for the audience. I can't recommend his works enough. More so, if you have the opportunity to work with him, take it. You'll rarely work with a finer musician or a kinder human being." - Christopher O'Hara, Alliance Brass, Bach/Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Performing Artist and Clinician

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2021 Church Choral Club 

I'm excited to announce this new opportunity for church choirs! 

The 2021 Church Choral Club members will receive six (6) new anthems throughout the 2021 calendar year. Each anthem will be voiced for 2-part choir (Men/Women, SA/TB, Treble/Bass, etc.) and feature piano accompaniment.

Each anthem will be a standard 2-3 minute selection that will be centered around a different theme. Members will receive via email a single PDF of each anthem, and granted permission to print as many copies as needed for…

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In the Bleak Midwinter (Piano) 

I recently completed a piano setting of In the Bleak Midwinter, based on the tune CRANHAM by Gustav Holst. While the melody is clearly heard throughout, the surrounding textures create a sense of mystery. The piece was commissioned by a group of seven pianists, and I have included their names in the printed score, for posterity and out of gratitude. 

Click here to preview the piece! 

Support Through BuyMeACoffee  

I have signed up to join another crowdsourcing platform, BuyMeACoffee. It's similar to Patreon in some ways, but with more flexibility. Patreon is a monthly subscription, BuyMeACoffee has that ability (which I am not using), but is more for one-time donations. In addition, I can sell "extras," which for me will include discounted sheet music that I publish, online composition lessons at a discounted rate, stuff like that. People can support or simply follow with no financial obligation or commitments. This…

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"O Great God" for Piano 

My newest piano hymn arrangement is available! O Great God, written by Bob Kauflin, features a very simple and folk-like melody and a chord progression that is satisfying without being too predictable. In this arrangement, I wanted to start with this harmonic simplicity, while gradually adding more pitches to increase the density of each chord, but still maintaining a diatonic language. 

Click here to preview the piece, and here to order it from Sheet Music Plus (exclusive distributor)

Thanks!!! 

Concert Band Consortium is Ready to Go! 

I'm grateful to the following band directors and schools for joining the consortium:

Mr. Bryan Wright 
Paschal High School (Fort Worth, TX)

Mr. Steve Willemssen 
Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, IL)

Mr. Chris Dandeles
Waubsonsie Valley High School (Aurora, IL)

Mr. Dan Braker
Thornapple Wind Band (Hastings, MI) 

Mr. Victor Anderson
Yorkville High School (Yorkville, IL) 



I'm so excited that we have groups from three different states involved!! 

I will deliver the piece to them on January 8, 2021. Hopefully…

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R.T. Legacy Music

People have often asked me, "What is R.T. Legacy?" When I explain that it is the name of my publishing company for the performing rights organization I belong to (ASCAP), that usually leads to the following question: "Why did you choose that name?" 

My legal name is Robert Christopher Teichler. I have always gone by my middle name. My parents chose to do this because my father, also Robert Teichler, goes by his middle name. My grandfather was also Robert Teichler, and he went by....Bob. So, I am technically the third generation Robert Teichler. When my oldest son was born, my wife and I decided to continue that tradition, so my son Robert Teichler also goes by his middle name. 

Four generations of the name Robert Teichler. It's a unique family tradition, and helps keep me connected to my heritage, while reminding me that my name reflects not just on myself, but on my lineage. I want to honor that, it helps me stay grounded and mindful that I am a piece of a larger whole. 

So, R.T. Legacy simply refers to the "Robert Teichler" legacy of which I am a part. Tradition, heritage and loyalty are very important to me, and I even see this reflected in my compositions: my music is not groundbreaking or revolutionary, but clearly rooted in what has been said before me, with me adding my voice to the mix. I see (or more appropriately, hear!) my music as a part of a larger stream that started before me, and will continue long after I am gone. Like the family name.