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Theodore Ward Chanler

Theodore Ward Chanler, American composer, educator. Recipient League of Composers award, 1940, Guggenheim fellowship, 1940. Member League of Composers (Executive Board).


  • Chanler, Theodore Ward was born on April 29, 1902 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Winthrop Astor and Margaret (Terry) Chanler.

  • Education

    • Student Middlesex School 1916-1918, Browning School, New York City, 1919-1921, Brasenose College, Oxford, England, 1923-1924. Mus. educated Institute Musical Art, 1919-1921. Private study with Ernest Bloch, Cleveland, 1921-1922, with Nadia Boulanger, Paris, France, 1924-1926.


    • Teacher theory, composition Peabody Conservatory, 1945-1947. Teacher Langy School, since 1947. Principal compositions include: Eight Epitaphs, 1936.

      The Second Joyful Mystery, for 2 pianos and women’s chorus 1943, 48. The Children, cycle of nine songs (poems by Leonard Feeney) 1945. Sonata for violin and piano, 1948.


    • Contributor to Modern Music Quarterly, since 1941.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member League of Composers (Executive Board).


    • Married Maria de Acosta Sargent, October 19, 1931.
    • father: Winthrop Astor Chanler
    • mother: Margaret (Terry) Chanler
    • spouse: Maria de Acosta Sargent
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    Died July 27, 1961
    (aged 59)