Chandler Center for the Arts is a community-based arts organization in Randolph, Vermont, serving Central Vermont and the Upper Valley region with a year-round series of performances, art exhibits and educational opportunities in historic Chandler Music Hall and Gallery.
Performances and Festivals
Performances by world-renowned musicians, special projects celebrating the talent of local musicians and actors, and an eclectic series of gallery exhibits are made possible by generous support from individuals, businesses and foundations.
Chandler Music Hall is renowned for its incomparable acoustics: sound easily reaches every part of the 575-seat, handsomely stenciled auditorium. Chandler Gallery has wonderful natural light, and its upper floor works well as a space for smaller, informal meetings, rehearsals and performances. Both the music hall and gallery are handicap accessible.
Programming at Chandler Music Hall and Gallery is a carefully chosen mix of touring artists whose performances enrich the lives of people of all ages and incomes. Patrons can expect to hear a wide variety of music representing a variety of genres: classical, folk, multi-cultural, Celtic and French Canadian, traditional music, jazz and popular music, as well as dance and theatre.
Rent Chandler for Your Event
In addition to its own full season of performances, Chandler is also pleased to make its facilities available to other organizations or businesses for their own events. Visit our rentals page for our rental policy, contract forms, and more info.
Activities for Youth
Activities for youth are a strong focus of Chandler’s work. A fully-staged Broadway musical involving nearly 150 youth from more than 20 schools in the region is produced annually over the July 4th weekend. Chandler has earned a regional reputation for its student technical theater program where students in grades 9-12 learn valuable technical theater skills that are put to use supporting the full season of performances. Chandler’s daytime performance series serves area students, homeschool families, and individuals.
Chandler’s Past and Future
Chandler’s centennial in 2007 was the catalyst for major change at Chandler. An ambitious $3.7 million renovation and expansion project transformed Chandler’s outdated, inaccessible and constricted spaces into a gracious facility that welcomes patrons of all ages and abilities, a regional arts resource well-equipped for the century to come.
In late January 2010, Chandler Board President Janet Watton announced the successful completion of its three-year campaign to raise funds for infrastructure improvements in the 102-year-old Chandler Music Hall and Gallery located in downtown Randolph. “Chandler staff and volunteers join with me in expressing thanks to everyone — all the individuals, businesses, foundations, and public funders throughout the region who made it possible for us to reach this ambitious goal. When we began in early 2007, it almost seemed unreachable. But because hundreds of donors value this wonderful old facility and its programming, their generosity has given us the ability to serve the region even better in the decades to come, with a safer, more comfortable, more accessible, and more modern facility.”
With the successful completion of the project, come challenges and opportunities and a renewed commitment to Chandler’s mission to inspire and cultivate artistic expression and education in the arts for people of all ages, to deepen the cultural and artistic growth of youth, and to strengthen and energize our community by offering opportunities for people to come together in pursuit and celebration of the arts.
The Esther Mesh Room in the Upper Gallery provides an ideal space for a diverse series of intimate, affordable performances, community events and educational workshops. Our goal for events in this space is to strengthen our community by reaching underserved audiences, encouraging multi-generational gatherings such as open mic nights, dances and community dinners, and providing performance and arts education opportunities for youth.
In addition to ongoing weekday uses of the Upper Gallery that include yoga, Tai Chi, swing and line dancing lessons, and rehearsals, Chandler offers a curated annual film series, a free monthly Brown Bag lunch series, and arts education workshops during school vacations. The facilities provide ideal spaces for civic events such as Selectboard forums, Legislative breakfasts and Town Meeting.
Our newly renovated facilities are available to rent for public or private uses. Chandler’s renovated Upper Gallery facilities provide an elegant setting for parties, business meetings and receptions. The newly constructed meeting rooms are ideal for meetings, workshops or instructional uses. Internet access is available.
The Music Hall may be rented for a variety of uses, including fully staged theatrical productions, piano recitals, weddings and popular performances.
For more information about these opportunities, please email or call our facilities rental manager at 802-728-6464.
For arts groups across the nation, ticket sales cover 50% of presenting expenses. Because of Chandler’s pledge to keep most ticket prices affordable and community friendly, ticket sales at Chandler cover only 43% of expenses. We depend on you and other individuals, as well as on businesses and foundations, to close the gap.
Gifts of all sizes are appreciated. Visit the Donate section of our website to make a gift through Paypal. Interested donors may also mail a donation to Chandler at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060 or call the Chandler Box Office at 802-728-6464 with MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit card information. Thank you!