Native Texan, Chanda Dancy, started composing orchestral works at the age of 12.
She has been described as a “phenomenal composer” (Ted Chung, Zacuto: Featured Filmmakers) and “quickly gaining recognition as a foremost black American contemporary composer.” (Anthony Parnther, Conductor, Southeast Symphony). Her works are described as “emotionally penetrating” (John Malveaux, Africlassical.com) and “rich” (George Heymont, Huffington Post ).
An alumnus of the prestigious USC Film Scoring Program, and the Sundance Composers Lab, Chanda is both an accomplished film and television composer with over 14 years of experience and an emerging classical concert composer. Arts Boston named her one of “10 Contemporary Black Composers You Should Know”. She is known for her work with Iris Prize Festival Winner, Jonathan Wysocki, whose award winning film “A Doll’s Eyes” played for audiences around the globe, including the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. She is also known for her work with the hugely popular Youtube filmmaking group, Wong Fu Productions, on their debut feature “Everything Before Us”, starring Randall Park.
Besides composing, Chanda is also known for her performances with the indie rock band, Modern Time Machines, as violinist, keyboardist and vocalist, and as owner of the boutique post production studio, Cyd Post.