began his study of music at age 6 on piano, and picked up violin in his public school music program at age 12, for the fun of it. A summer at the Brevard Music Center cemented his desire to be an orchestral musician.
He attended the Indiana University School of Music, the Cleveland Institude of Music, and spent summers at Meadowmount. Principal teachers were Thomas Weaver, Eduard Melkus, William Steck and David Cerone.
After college, Mr. Handler became the youngest member of the Alabama Symphony, where, 30-something years later, he serves as Assistant Principal 2nd violin. He was first violinist of the Magnolia String Quartet, which played recitals around the southeast, and at the Santa Barbara Music Festival. Prior to joining the New Hampshire Music Festival in 1995, he was Principal 2nd violin in the Missouri Symphony Society Chamber Orchestra for 6 years. Past summers include 3 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.
Mr. Handler has a studio of private students, and is on the faculty of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Center. In his spare time, he enjoys nature photography and modifying his motorcycle.