R. Christopher Teichler

Composer, Conductor, Educator

BM Wheaton College 
MM Northwestern University
DM Northwestern Univerity

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Life Road Singers and Carnegie Hall 

Many, many thanks to my friend Tom Song and the Life Road Singers for programming two of my choral anthems for their June 1st performance at Carnegie Hall. This is the first time that I will have music performed at the historic venue. While I am unable to attend, I am absolutely thrilled that they have selected some of my music for their performance. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity; thank you, Dr. Song!

Life Road Singers will be performing My Savior and Now I Give Myself to Thee. 

Coming This Fall: Collection of Christmas Carols for Brass Quintet 

Over the summer I'll be putting together a book of Christmas carol arrangements for brass quintet. These will be ready for order by September 1, 2019. I've done several Christmas settings for various choral and instrumental ensembles over the years, and I will be including Christmas songs in this collection that I have not done anything with before. Here are the selected titles:
 

  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Once in Royal David's City
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • I Heard…

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.