Len Handler

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Len Handler studied music composition with Frederick Werle and classical guitar with Leonid Bolotine at the Mannes College of Music, as well as orchestration and choral writing with Edward Thompson. As a performer, Len was stage guitarist for the original Broadway production of the musical Man of LaMancha, and has performed as guitar soloist with the New York City Ballet, New York Shakespeare Festival, and NBC's Mike Douglas Show. Len toured nationally with the flute & guitar duo Herrick & Handler, and has been guitar accompanist for Lannie Kazan, Howard Keel, and Jerome Hines, as well as guitar soloist in stage productions with Charles Durning, Barbara Barrie, Ralph Waite and Jose Ferrer.

Len's Concerto No. 1 For Guitar and Orchestra was premiered by Claude Monteaux and the Haydn Festival Orchestra.

Len has sat on both sides of the desk, having held full-time music editorial positions with G. Schirmer, Novello, Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser Co., and The Reader’s Digest Association.

A recent Emmy nomination for Best Original Song ("Fool's Gold") along with featured songs on network television dramas Guiding Light, Another World, and As The World Turns, have kept Len busy writing. Len's song "The Last Day of Forever" was recently featured in the film Sheeba, starring Ed Asner and Judge Reinhold.

On the production end, Len has served as Music Supervisor for the ABC daytime television drama, "Loving." He has served as executive producer on albums by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Carl Perkins, Kansas, BB King, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zant, John Entwistle, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Renaissance and many more.

Len lives in Connecticut with his wife Debbie, and writes frequently for the Westport Unitarian Church Special Projects and Chamber choirs.