A graduate of both Northwestern University and San Francisco Conservatory, Chandra Cervantes has held positions with The United States Army Field Band, Tulsa Philharmonic, Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Now an active freelance musician in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, she is a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, American Pops Orchestra, Washington Symphonic Brass and Inscape, a Grammy nominated chamber ensemble committed to presenting emerging American composers.
Chandra performs regularly with Wolf Trap Orchestra, Washington National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Last fall she was part of the production of Anastasia at the Kennedy Center and was heard in Into the Woods at Fords Theater throughout Spring of 2019.
In 2012, 2013 and 2016 Chandra toured with the National Symphony Orchestra performing across Europe, Poland, South America, Mexico, Trinidad, and Oman. As well, she maintains a private studio, coaches brass and wind students for DC Youth Orchestra and is the regular horn clinician for MATS, a summer band program for adults.
Her recordings include three with the Washington Symphonic Brass: Classic Rock for Brass, Home for the Holidays and Trumpets Ring! Voices Sing!. In December of 2013 she recorded Marcos Galvany’s internationally successful new opera Oh My Son. Chandra can also be heard with Inscape on a new version of Petroushka, released in 2015, and on an exciting collaboration with Phillip Glass in produced in 2017.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son August, practicing yoga, travel and fashion.
Master’s of Music – Northwestern University
Bachelor of Music – San Francisco Conservatory