Christopher Chandler is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and the co-founder and executive director of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. He serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Union College where he teaches courses in music theory, composition, and technology. He draws inspiration from nature, poetry, the acoustic properties of instruments, and his experiences working closely with sound in computer music studios.
His work has been performed across the United States, Canada, and France by leading ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, the American Wild Ensemble, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. His has received recognition and awards for his music including a BMI Student Composer Award, an ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission, two first prizes from the Austin Peay State University Young Composer's Award, winner of the American Modern Ensemble’s Annual Composition Competition, and the Nadia Boulanger Composition Prize from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.