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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Consortium Filled! New Choral Anthem for This Christmas Coming! 

I'm excited to announce that the Gentle Mary Laid Her Child consortium met the goal of 10 members, so the anthem will happen! Yay! 

Many, many thanks to the following commissioners who joined to form the consortium:

Bart Morrison
University Baptist Chruch (Houston, TX)

Brian Stranghoner
Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS)

Chris Winston
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Broken Arrow, OK)

Dennis Emerson
St. Michael Catholic Church (Bedford, TX)

James Cheesman
First Baptist Church of Farmersville (Farmersville, TX)

Laramie Minga

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Hello, Kansas! 

It's official! as of August 1st, my family and I are Kansas residents! This was a year in the making, a stressful and difficult year. I moved by myself last fall to begin my new position at Tabor College. I saw my family every few weeks, and it was very tough to be apart from them for so long. Then COVID hit, and I don't need to go in to details about that...

So anyway, I'm so happy that my family is finally all together once again, and for good, and we are renting a lovely house in Newton, Kansas. No one…

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Update on "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" Release 

I learned today that Chorister's Guild will not be releasing my anthem "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" until this fall. Readjustments had to be made due to COVID-19 impact. While I'm disappointed it will not be available as originally planned, I am grateful that it will be out later this year. I will be sure to post another update once it is available again. 

Thanks, and stay healthy, everyone!!!

"How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" Available! 

I'm excited to announce the release of How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds for SATB and piano, published by Lorenz Music. This is my 3rd published anthem from Lorenz, and I am overwhelmed by their continued support and belief in my work. So, thank you, Lorenz!!!

Here's a lovely demo recording of the anthem.

For more info and to buy the sheet music, visit the Lorenz website here. It's also available from J.W. Pepper. 

Please feel free to share! Thanks! 

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.