Theodore Jander (b.1972) has been composing and arranging for a little over nineteen years. Out of Theodore’s varied career and life experiences, his musical oeuvre has grown. Sacred choral music represents the bulk of his output. However, over the past several years, writing for other instruments has built up his catalogue. Dabbling in the world of electronic/mixed music provides a nice change of pace from the more formal situations of music making. From Theodore’s musical growth, a new mission has evolved, to create Seasonal Scriptures in Song. This project will grow the available canon of music for small and large churches alike, all for just the cost equal to three or four lattes a month from your local coffee shops. Teachers, parents, pastors, and music directors will be able to use these songs to help children, as well as families and congregations, to embody the scriptures through song.
Throughout his compositional training, Theodore was blessed to receive guidance from several fantastic and gifted individuals: Dr. Claude Baker, Professor Kim Portnoy and Professor Robert Chamberlin. While at the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris, France, in July 2005, his teachers included Dr. Philip Lasser, Michel Merlet and Narcis Bonet.
Along with Theodore’s role as Artistic Director for the Greenleaf Singers (a St. Louis-based Early Music Vocal Ensemble) and as Co-Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, Missouri, he is Composer-in-Residence at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd as part of the Lutheran Church Composer-in-Residence Program, which he established in January of 2011. With all of these hats, Theodore spends as much time as he is able with his two amazing children, and his girlfriend.