A Connecticut native, Dione Chandler grew up in a family of musicians. She holds music degrees from Rice University, the University of Southern California, and the Florida State University. She served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, Florida International University, and as a teaching assistant at the Florida State University. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Chandler gave music lessons to children throughout the Broward County, Fla. and Dallas, Texas school districts for several years. In addition to teaching, Chandler maintains an active performing career. She is principal oboist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and regularly plays with many orchestras throughout the state including the Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic and Palm Beach Opera. She regularly collaborates with Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival and Reflections Chamber Ensemble.