Theodore (b.1972) has been composing and arranging for a little over twenty 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. To find out more about this project, go to http://www.patreon.com/TheodoreJander.

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), he is Composer-in-Residence and Worship Ministry Coordinator at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, Missouri. With all of these hats (did he forget to mention that he is also a Wellness Consultant for Juice Plus and an avid cyclist?), Theodore spends as much time as he is able with his two amazing children, Ellie and Evan, and with his fiancé, Jennifer, who is awesomely supportive, beautiful, and talented.

Choral/Vocal Compositions

Lament for Our Cathedral - (1998 -- SATB a cappella)

Search for the Lost Children - (2001 -- SATB a cappella)

Brevis Cogitatio (a short meditation) - (2002 -- SSA a cappella)

Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant us Peace) - (2003 -- SSAA a cappella; SATB a cappella)

Lullaby - (2003 -- Soprano Solo with Harp)

Humpty Dumpty - (2003 -- SATB a cappella)

Amyntas with His Phyllis Fair - (2004 -- SATB a cappella)

Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella - (2004 -- SATB a cappella arrangement)

To Golgotha and the Cross - (2004 -- SATB Choir with Organ and Narrator)
- Commissioned by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, MO and was premiered on March 25, 2005

Sanctus - (2005 -- SATB a cappella)

Thank the Lord - (2007 -- SATB a cappella)

Psalm 23 - (2009 -- SAB Choir with Piano)

O Thou Who Kindly Dost Provide - (2009 -- SATB a cappella)

Twilight - (2009 -- Soprano Solo with Piano)

Beautiful One - (2010 -- Baritone Solo with Piano)

Jesus Is My Savior - (2012 -- Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, as a Round, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Jesus Is My Shepherd - (2012 -- Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Jesus Loves Me, I Will Praise Him – (2013 -- Voice and Piano)

lullay my liking – (2014 -- SSA a cappella) – written for and premiered by the women of the Greenleaf Singers

What Children Dream - (In Progress -- Song Cycle for Soprano Solo with Piano)

Instrumental Compositions

Duet for Flute and Calrinet - (1998-1999 -- Flute and Bb Clarinet)

Why War - (1999 -- Mixed Quintet - Flute, Bb Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano)

Ellie's Lullaby - (2003 -- 2 Flutes and Cello)

Seasons - (2003-2004 -- 2 Pianos)

R.S.S.R. - (2004 -- Oboe, Violin and Double Bass)
- Two Movements - "Random Structures;" "Structured Randomness"

Awake and Rejoice - (2006 -- Organ)

Bench Warmups - (2007 -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for exercises in the classroom

As Children Hear - (2008 -- Piano) - Collection of Six Nursery Rhymes

Le Jardin Éveille (The Garden Awakes) - (2009 -- Soprano Recorder and Cello or Harp)

La Danse de l'Elfe (The Dance of the Elf) - (2010 -- Soprano Recorder)

Dawn de Printemps (Springtime Dawning) - (2010 -- 2 Soprano Recorders)

Partita of Metanoia - (2011 -- Organ)

Jesus Is My Savior - (2012 - Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, as a Round, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Jesus Is My Shepherd - (2012 - Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Handbell Hymn Accompaniments for Three to Five Ringers – (2013-2014 -- Handbells)

Relaxation in the Classroom - (In Progress -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for relaxation exercises in the classroom

Electronic/Mixed Music

Birthday Fun! - (2004 -- MP3)

Cosmic Sparkle - (2004 -- MP3)

Experiment 2 - (2004 -- MP3)

Latin Roll - (2004 -- MP3)

Scary Mind - (2004 -- MP3)

Space Face - (2004 -- MP3)

A Taste of Latin - (2004 -- MP3)

Time to Sleep, NOT! - (2004 -- MP3)

Hush-a-bye Baby - (2005 -- MP3 & Video)

Scotland the Brave Remix - (2006 -- MP3)

Bench Warmups - (2007 -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for exercises in the classroom

Pavan Remix - (2009 -- MP3)

Relaxation in the Classroom - (In Progress -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for relaxation exercises in the classroom

Compositions

Awake and Rejoice



This piece for organ was written in honor of Reverend Ray Mirly's service to the Lord at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, MO. The music is celebratory and majestic in nature, a call for us to awake and rejoice in our faith. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music


Beautiful One



I found this poem, and chose to interpret the text in the following way for couples and relationships. At times, a couple can be closer than they ever thought possible or farther away from each other than they care to be. The music evokes the serenity, the angst and the joy two people have for each other through all aspects of life. Peace comes in knowing that God is ever present and that we will ultimately be at His feet when we depart in death. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music


Lullaby



Premiered at my Graduate Composition Recital at Webster University, April 3, 2005. The performers are Sarah D.- Soprano; Elizabeth G.- Harp. The text for this song was written by Renaissance poet Thomas Dekker (1571?-1641?). Again, my daughter was foremost in my mind when I composed this piece. The harp and soprano go back and forth on the text “rock them,” in a lilting, rocking manner creating a gentle imagery of a lullaby. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music


O Thou Who Kindly Dost Provide



The Greenleaf Singers premiered this piece at the Eliot Chapel Madrigal Dinners in December 2009. A tranquil setting of Robert Burn’s (1759-1796) text of a grace before dinner, this composition serves as a prayer of thanksgiving and request of the Lord’s blessings. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music