A resident of Reading, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), Erwin Chandler has maintained a varied musical career in performance, teaching, and composition. He has received numerous commissions and awards, including the prestigious George Washington Medal of Honor for high achievement in composition for his work The Constitution (Valley Forge Freedom Foundation) for narrator, chorus, and orchestra/band. His compositions have been performed in Europe as well as throughout the United States. He has received numerous Meet the Composer grants for appearances at colleges and high schools when he has served as a guest lecturer, clinician, and/or conductor of his own compositions. He studied composition with Warren Benson, William Mayer, Juan Orreggo–Salas, and Bernhard Heiden. He earned the B.S. degree in music education from Ithaca College (N.Y., U.S.A.) and the M.S. degree in performance from Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind., U.S.A.) where he studied horn with Philip Farkas, former principal horn with the Chicago Symphony and author of The Art of Horn Playing and The Art of Brass Playing. He has played principal horn for the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, and the Alleghany Music Festival Orchestra, and has also performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (Pittsburgh) and the Reading Brass Quintet. He is also co–founder of the Berkshire Brass Quintet. His teaching positions have included the Port Jervis (N.Y.) public schools, Murray State University, Lebanon Valley College, Interlochen National Music Camp, Tidewater Music Camp, Garden Spot High School (New Holland, Pa.), and the Milton Hershey School (Hershey, Pa.).