James Madison University School of Music

Flute

BETH CHANDLER, Professor

Beth Chandler, flutist, enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. A frequent guest artist and masterclass clinician, Dr. Chandler has performed and presented at festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including engagements at the Música no Museu Festival Internacionale de Flauta, Oboé e Fagote in Rio de Janeiro, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Florida Flute Fair, Texas Flute Society, Staunton (VA) Music Festival, as well as universities such as the University of Houston, University of Akron, Tennessee Tech University, Ohio University, and Connecticut College, and Universidade de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

As a soloist, she has performed at fine venues throughout the world, including solo recitals at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Portuguese Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has won numerous awards and honors, including the top prize of the 1999 Flute Talk Competition, for which she was featured on the cover and in an interview in the July/August 1999 issue of Flute Talk Magazine. She was also the winner of the 1999 Myrna Brown Artist Competition. Dr. Chandler has been a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild 2001 International Competition in New York City, 2000 National Flute Association (NFA) Piccolo Artist Competition, and the 1998 NFA Young Artist Competition, in addition to being a prizewinner in the NFA Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Performers Competitions. She has performed at the NFA Conventions in New York City, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Columbus, Phoenix, Orlando, Boston, and Los Angeles. She was also the 1998-99 Mary Louise Remy Endowed P.E.O. Scholar. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1993-94, Dr. Chandler studied with Trevor Wye in Kent, England as one of six students selected internationally. Other solo performances have included concerto appearances with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony.

Prior to her faculty position at JMU, Dr. Chandler served on the faculty of the University of Florida, as a teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and held teaching positions at the New England Conservatory Extension Division and the Boston Music Education Collaborative. Dr. Chandler maintained active private studios in Cincinnati, Boston, Waco, and Austin, Texas, in addition to presenting masterclasses and workshops throughout the United States.  Her current and former students have enjoyed successes in regional, national, and international competitions, prestigious masterclasses and fellowships, as well as highly competitive summer programs, and have been accepted to top graduate programs. Many former students have attained jobs in public and private music education around the country, as well as internships and employment at arts centers and symphony orchestras nationwide.

She is a member of the Montpelier Wind Quintet, the faculty woodwind quintet in-residence at James Madison University. The ensemble performs both on and off campus, presents clinics in public and private educational settings, and has been featured at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Virginia Music Educators’ Association Conference, and in concert at the Kennedy Center. She frequently performs in various other chamber ensembles, as well as with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

She currently serves as President of the National Flute Association, having served two years as Vice President. In addition to serving as a past member of the National Flute Associationís Board of Directors, she has also served as chair of the Commercial Members Committee, Nominating Committee, as a member of the Strategic Planning, Endowment and Finance Committees, and as a judge for several of the NFA's annual competitions. She is the advisor for the JMU Flute Club, and is also an active member of the Flute Society of Washington, for which she served as Program Chair for the 2004
Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. 

A native Texan, Dr. Chandler received a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Baylor University as a student of Helen Ann Shanley, a Master of Music with Academic Honors from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Paula Robison, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Bradley Garner, with a cognate area in Arts Administration. Her other principal teachers include Jack Wellbaum (piccolo) and Trevor Wye.

She joined the JMU faculty in 2001.

Email: chand2be@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6836

For more information, please visit www.bethchandler.com.

JMU Flute Choir

Beth Chandler, coordinator

The James Madison University Flute Choir is one of the oldest flute choirs in the United States. Organized in the 1970s, this group has been a pioneering force among flute choirs, influencing other ensembles throughout the country and encouraging the composition of new music for flute choir through commissions and its formerly annual Flute Choir Composition Competition. Nearly all of the winning compositions have been published and are currently available. Membership in the JMU Flute Choir is by audition and includes both flute majors and non-music majors. The ensemble includes an assortment of flutes and piccolos. The JMU Flute Choir has performed in many cities on the East Coast, including Boston at the National Flute Association Convention in 1993, Baltimore at the Maryland Music Educators convention, Richmond at the Virginia Music Educators Convention, Newport News, Virginia, at the Hampton Roads Flute Fair, and in Washington, D.C. at the National Flute Association Convention in 2002, the Flute Society of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and at the White House. The JMU Flute Choir toured England in the spring of 1999 and has released two compact discs, Sounds and Colors and Sounds and Colors II.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chandler at chand2be@jmu.edu.