Arun Chandra


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I am a composer and a conductor at The Evergreen State College, and I have been here since 1998. 

In 2002, Wesleyan University Press published my edition of "When Music Resists Meaning", the articles, conversations, and poetry of Herbert Brun, my primary composition teacher. 

In 2007-08, I received a Fulbright Fellowship to India, where I studied the combinatorial possibilities of North Indian tuning systems. 

Some of my compositions have been played at festivals and conferences around the world (New York, Aarhus, Tokyo, Taiwan, London, Milan, and other places), mostly in the years from about 1990 to 2010. 

I was the conductor of the Olympia Chamber Orchestra from 2000-04, and commissioned many new compositions for that orchestra, as well as conducting works from the classical repertory. 

Since 2012, I've led the Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble, an ad-hoc group of students from Evergreen, performing in Olympia and at colleges and schools in the Northwest. We have also performed at festivals in Chicago, New York, and at the University of Illinois. 

For the past 10 years, much of my compositional work has been for large multi-speaker systems, of 32- (Portland Community College, 165- (University of Illinois) and 240-speakers (Virginia Tech). In 2012, I received a grant to install an 8-channel speaker system in the computer center, where I often teach. 

I continue to compose experiments in the movement of sound, and in the upcoming years, I am planning to give concerts of the 4 Bach lute suites for classical guitar. 


D.M.A., Composition, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1989; M.M., Guitar Performance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1983; B.A., Composition and English Literature, Franconia College, 1978.

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