Victor Rangel


The dynamic and vivid music of Mexican-American composer and clarinetist Victor Rangel  (b.1996) seeks to represent the emotional essence of stories, processes, sentences, and  sometimes just words. Rangel’s approach is influenced by the study of formal logic, which  assesses arguments by abstracting the content – thus getting rid of any ambiguity and  vagueness naturally created by language – in order to fully and solely assess the form.  

Commissions for Rangel’s music have come from distinguished groups and individuals such as  the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Co., Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, AURA  Contemporary Ensemble, Apollo Chamber Players, and Chester Rowell. Additionally, Rangel’s  music has been performed by University of Georgia Rote Hund Muzik, Richard Nunemaker  (clarinet), Alex Sopp (flute), and Christopher Otto (violin), among others. Rangel has appeared  on Houston Public Media (KUHF) and has collaborated with the Houston Ballet Academy,  Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio, and the Aurora Picture Show.  

As a clarinetist, Rangel has performed with orchestras, wind bands, chamber orchestras, pit  orchestras, jazz ensembles, and several chamber groups. Rangel has performed clarinet and  bass clarinet for the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Houston Sinfonietta, Clear Lake Symphony  Orchestra, and the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Houston Wind Ensemble,  among others.  

Rangel has studied composition with Rob Smith, Stephen Montague, Carlos Carrillo, Stephen  Andrew Taylor, Eli Fieldsteel, David Ashley White, and Michael Remson, and clarinet with Iura  de Rezende, Chester Rowell, and Bernadetta Nguyen. Rangel holds degrees in music  composition from the University of Houston (BM) and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (MM).