R. Christopher Teichler, Composer


Valor and Virtue
for Concert Band
(January 7, 2019)

This past Midwest Clinic I released a new piece for intermediate level band, an overture with with driving/energetic sections and a lyrical middle section. Valor and Virtue was written with middle school bands in mind, but will also offer opportunities for musical expression for older ensembles. Preview the score and hear a recording here!


  #GoAndDoLikewise T-Shirts!

(January 7, 2019)

I have a t-shirt! I had these made to help spread the word about my cantata The Good Samaritan, for SATB and chamber orchestra. The phrase that propelled me to write the work was "Go and do likewise," which is how the famous parable concludes. I wrote my musical setting in hopes that it will challenge and encourage others to live by the message of Jesus' teaching on what loving our neighbor looks like, starting with myself.  I hope these shirts will help promote my piece, but more than that, I hope that they can get some needed conversation going on what the parable is about!. Click here to order your #GoAndDoLikewise t-shirt! 

(P.S. If you're in D/FW and ever need t-shirts made, I highly recommend Yep! Tees. :-D) 

Wrapping Up Midwest

(December 21, 2018)

And just like that, it was all over. It was a little sad! I felt like I was just staring to get to know the other members of TPC Collective, then it was time to pack up and leave. But, it was so much fun! 
I made many new friends, met several conductors who support new music (!), and heard great new music by composers young and...less young! It was inspiring, rejuvenating, exhausting, exhilarating.

Check out Katherine Bergman’s music here.

Check out Arthur Breur’s music here.

Check out Garrett Hope’s music here. 

New Band and Orchestra Compositions Featured at Midwest

(December 20, 2018)

I‘m pleased to unveil 3 new educational works for band and orchestra at Midwest this year! 2 for concert band, one for string orchestra:

Gaudy Haughty March for Concert Band (Grade 3/4)

Valor and Virtue for Concert Band (Grade 2/3)

Welcome Home for String Orchestra (Grade 2/3)

If you’re at Midwest, you can come to booth 1503 to take a look at the scores and hear recordings. If not, I’ll have everything posted, including ordering info, after January 1st.  

At Midwest!!!

(December 19, 2018)

This week I’m in Chicago for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic; I’ve attended the conference for years as an educator and conductor, this is the first time I’m exhibiting as a composer! I’m thrilled to be part of TPC Collective with fellow composers Katherine Bergman, Arthur Breur and Garrett Hope. Visit our website to learn more about these other fine composers and get to know their work, and please share! If you are at Midwest, please visit us in booth 1503; we‘d love to meet you!