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Chair of Music Studies: Dr. Michael Klein

Composition Faculty

Current Doctoral Students


conTemplum: A New-Music Student Organization at Temple


Degree Programs:

B.M. Composition
M.M. Composition
Ph.D. Music (Composition)

Other Music Studies Degree Programs:

B.S. Music

B.M. Music History
M.M. Music History
Ph.D. Music (Musicology)

B.M. Music Theory
M.M. Music Theory
Ph.D. Music (Music Theory)

Ph.D. Music (Music Studies)

The Music Composition Program encourages in its students the development of creative musical thought and expression in all media, including electroacoustic music and visual music, through studies of innovation and craft, research and expressive effect. Students become knowledgeable about contemporary practices, theories, and techniques through the study of post-romantic music literature. Creativity, the development of personal expression through music, and assessment of music’s viability in twentieth century societal context are focal points for composition majors.

At the completion of the program, both undergraduate and Masters' students are expected to present a portfolio of compositions demonstrating notational fluency and the ability to compose convincing and intelligible music. Regular concerts of new student compositions provide the essential experience of hearing their works performed, and allows them to gauge their own progress in relation to that of their peers. Works of established twentieth-century composers are performed by the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

The graduate program stresses advanced work in computer synthesis of music, collaborative work with film makers and dancers, varied degrees of exploratory work, and compositional efforts in larger forms.

Current Doctoral Students - Winter/Spring 2013

Sabrina Clarke's main compositional interests are choral and chamber music.  Recent works include: Serenade for String Orchestra and Harp; Chipped Wings (SATB choir and piano); Sonata for English Horn and Piano; Dance No. 2 for String Trio; A Regret (SATB choir and violin); Dialogue for Clarinet and Cello; Elegie (chamber orchestra); Preposition (flute and percussion).   Her works have premiered at venues throughout the United States and have featured various ensembles such as the Temple University Concert Choir, the Temple Composers Orchestra, the Azimuth Quartet, the Westminster Symphony Orchestra (MD), and McDaniel College Concert Choir.  She is currently Vice President of conTemplum, the society for new music and student chapter of SCI at Temple University.  She holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the Boyer College of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theory and composition with concentrations in creative writing and piano from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and as a College Scholar.  She is also an alumna of the Hood College Music Preparatory, and the European American Musical Alliance summer composition program held at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France. Sabrina is a member of several professional organizations and societies, including ACDA, ACF, SCI, ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Lambda Delta.  She is currently a graduate teaching assistant in music theory at Boyer.

Joseph Gregorio, recipient of a Presidential Fellowship at Temple, has studied composition with Steven Stucky, David Conte, and Richard Brodhead.  Gregorio’s music has been broadcast, recorded, and performed in the United States and abroad by numerous and renowned soloists and ensembles.  His choral music is published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Treble Clef Music Press.  Also active as a conductor, Gregorio is the founding director of prize-winning choir, Ensemble Companio, and has served as assistant and guest conductor to several collegiate and community choirs.  He holds a M.M. in composition with departmental honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a M.M. in choral conducting from Yale University, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Cornell University.  Gregorio has taught music theory and musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Temple University.  For sound clips, news, works list, and other information, visit

Andy Laster holds a B.A. in composition from SUNY Empire State College and an M.A. from CUNY Queens College. A major concern in Laster's work is the inclusion of moments of functional improvisation within predominately composed chamber music settings. His dissertation, "Multiconcerto," explores the integration of composition and improvisation in concert music and is comprised of two versions of a multi-movement work for two distinct large ensembles. He is also active in New York City as a saxophonist and jazz composer-performer; recent activities include a concert of his chamber music at The Stone and the release of his CD Riptide on the Tzadik label. He has received grants from the American Music Center, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and Meet the Composer.

Ryan Olivier's various interests have led him to work with a wide array of media, including concert ensembles, electronics, video, and dance. Last spring Julie Bishop premiered his latest large-scale acoustic work, Magis: Songs on Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, on her faculty recital at Temple University. The orchestral arrangement of the cycle will be premiered in the spring by the Temple Composers Orchestra. Recently his visual music work, Colorful Movements, was featured at the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Region III Conference, the SCI Student National Conference, the New York City Electro-acoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) Festival, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC). While Ryan enjoys composing for both traditional concert ensembles and fixed media, he is currently working to incorporate real time interaction between live performers and visualized electronic music to create interactive multimedia works.