Name: Charles Chandler
SFS member since: 1992
Hometown: Mill Valley, CA
Playing in the SFS:
I feel that in San Francisco we are uniquely fortunate to have the most enthusiastic and sensitive audience in the world. It is a joy and honor to perform for people who love and care so much about music—and have done so for the past hundred years.
Began playing the bass:
Although I grew up in a family of flute players, from early on I was drawn to the resonant sounds of the bass. Growing up in Mill Valley, I used to love to listen to the low, penetrating sounds of the fog horns calling at night. Oddly, as a youngster I would prefer to sing bass parts to favorite songs instead of melodies. I made my first bass out of a cardboard packing tube, strings and a piece of wood.
Our home was always full of music. My mother was principal flute player with the Marin Symphony for thirty-eight years, and I used to enjoy listening as the sounds of her practicing and teaching filled the house.
On becoming a professional musician:
I have been extremely fortunate to have had some wonderful bass teachers and support along the way. In high school I played in the SFSYO, and got an exciting glimpse of what the life of a professional orchestral musician is like. I also studied bass with Shinji Eshima, who plays in the SF Opera Orchestra and is an amazing and inspiring teacher. He prepared me for Juilliard.
Charles Chandler has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.