Dr. Chuck Chandler, tenor, is Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Voice Area at the DePaul University School of Music. One of the most promising and established young voice pedagogues in the U.S., Chandler has taught singers who have achieved some of the highest honors in the singing world including winning the Metropolitan National Council Auditions among many other competitions. His students have performance credits at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Atlanta Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Aspen Music Festival to name a few. As a voice teacher and pedagogue, Chandler is highly sought after for masterclasses, as well as for presentations on both the pedagogical parallels between exercise science and teaching/learning singing, and the need to update our pedagogy to meet the demands of the changing operatic literature as it becomes increasingly diverse and more inclusive. He has served on faculty at Red River Lyric Opera’s young artist training program since 2016 where he continues, and has also served on faculty at Orvieto Musica’s Art of Song Festival for two summers. Additionally, Chandler has served the profession through regional governance in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as Registrar and in adjudicating many voice competitions.
As a performer, Chandler has garnered acclaim with numerous credits both in the U.S. and abroad. His international performances include venues in Germany, Austria, Italy, Canada, and Russia. Appearances with KY Opera, Seven Hills Opera, Converse Opera, the Louisville Philharmonic, the Rome Symphony Orchestra, and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra as well as in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Scorca Recital Hall at Opera America, and the Biltmore Estate represent a few of Chandler’s credits. Equally at home in opera, concert and oratorio literature, and recitals, Chandler’s performances are inclusive of many styles. In recital, works by living American composers as well as by female composers are among his favorites to program. He has published a recording of music by female composers of the Classical era on the Centaur label as well as one in progress representing song cycles of several living American composers. Chandler has sung the roles of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, King Caspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Larry/Matt in The Face on the Barroom Floor, and Emperor Altoum in Puccini’s Turandot among many others. Chandler’s concert repertoire includes the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, the DuBois Seven Last Words of Christ, the Stainer Crucifixion, the Mozart Coronation Mass and Requiem, the Rossini Stabat Mater, the Puccini Gloria, Haydn’s The Creation, the Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio, and Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Chandler has also sung the world premier performance of the song cycle, The Time of Singing Has Come, by Jocelyn Hagan, and premiered the role of Spamonti in Sorell Hayes’s opera, Toowhopera, and the role of Josef K in The Process. He recently performed the world premiere of the duets in Timothy Hoekman’s Oratorio as well as several ensemble works with the Constellation Men’s Ensemble.
An active member of NATS and NOA, Chandler also presents at conferences bolstering pedagogical understanding for music educators, voice teachers, and singers on many topics. He frequently presents sessions and workshops on the current developments in opera towards a more diverse and inclusive repertoire and the necessary pedagogical adjustments that will prepare singers to meet these demands as well as on fitness training and the singing voice. Most recently, he presented these topics at the National Opera Association (Houston, TX), at the International Congress of Voice Teachers (Vienna, Austria), and at National Association of Teachers of Singing (Central Region). He also presents on music by female composers at festivals and conferences annually. He was a featured performer at the inaugural Women in Music Festival premiering works by female composers, and has performed there every year since, as well as being a featured performer for Graphite Publishing at the NATS National conference twice. In 2012, Chandler won acclaim as one of the most promising young singers and teachers being named winner of the GA NATS Artist Award competition, and selected as a NATS Intern. He has been published in both the NATS Journal of Singing and the InterNos newsletter.
Having received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Florida State University, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in vocal performance from University of Kentucky, Chandler also holds certificates in Levels I and II Singing Voice Specialist training which focuses on working with injured voices as part of their recovery process. He is passionate about teaching voice and vocal pedagogy, and is a fitness enthusiast. Chandler enjoys exploring how fitness training can be done in tandem with a singing career, the parallels between the training processes in both fitness and singing (motor learning theory & kinesiology), and how fitness training can help singers in both their technique and career, as well as diverse and more inclusive art songs and operas and their pedagogical implications.