Beth Chandler, flutist, enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She is currently the Professor of Flute at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a position she has held since 2001. 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, National Flute Association Conventions, Mid-Atlantic Flute Conventions, the Florida Flute Fair, the Texas Flute Festival, the Midwest Clinic, and the Staunton Music Festival, as well as universities nationwide.

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As a soloist, she has performed at major 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 Flute Talk Competition, for which she was featured on the cover and in an interview in Flute Talk Magazine. Dr. Chandler has been a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City, National Flute Association (NFA) Piccolo Artist Competition, and the NFA Young Artist Competition, in addition to being a prizewinner in the NFA Masterclass Performers and Orchestral Audition Competitions. She has performed at the NFA Conventions in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Charlotte, New York City, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Phoenix, Orlando, Boston, and Los Angeles. She was also the winner of the Myrna Brown Artist Competition and a recipient of the Mary Louise Remy Endowed P.E.O. Scholar Award. As a Fulbright Scholar, 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 college faculty positions, jobs in public and private music education around the country, as well as internships and employment at arts centers and symphony orchestras nationwide. Dr. Chandler was honored to receive the 2016-17 JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts Distinguished Teaching Award.


She is a member of the Bluestone Wind Quintet (formerly 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, including the Friendly City Chamber Players, The Virginia Sinfonietta, and the Valley Wind Ensemble, as well as with regional orchestras.

She served as President of the National Flute Association from 2012 to 2014, having also served previously two years as Vice President. In addition to serving as a past member of the National Flute Association’s 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.