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Chair of Music Studies: Dr. Cynthia Folio

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 Technology

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 graduate' 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 New Music Ensemble and 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

Sabrina Clarke is a doctoral candidate in composition, and former president of ConTemplum, the university chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. Sabrina's compositional interests are wide-ranging, and include chamber, choral, orchestral, and keyboard music. Her work has been performed internationally at venues including the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, and the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in NYC. Sabrina is an alumna of Temple University (MM), McDaniel College (BA), the Hood College Music Preparatory, and the European American Musical Alliance summer composition program. She enjoys teaching undergraduate theory at Boyer, and recently completed Temple's Teaching in Higher Education certificate program. Her area of research is the music of Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola. For more information, visit

Joseph Gregorio, recipient of a Presidential Fellowship at Temple, composes primarily choral, chamber, and orchestral music. Gregorio’s works have 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, Walton Music, and Areté Music Imprints. 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 ensembles. 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 laudefrom 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

Benjamin Safran's works have been performed by musicians and ensembles including Network for New Music, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Calliope, the Commonwealth School Orchestra, Temple Composers' Orchestra, and Temple University New Music Ensemble. He is currently pursuing his PhD in music composition from Temple University where he studies with Maurice Wright and has also studied with Matthew Greenbaum and Alexander deVaron. He previously earned a B.A. in music from Haverford College where he also studied the growth and structure of cities and education, and had a variety of music teaching experiences; from an independent elementary school, to a West Philadelphia public high school, to a high school for students with learning disabilities. He now teaches music theory labs at Temple University, and has also assisted in a music history course there. Ben is also interested in the study and practice of music and social justice. For more information, visit

Robert Pegg is a PhD student in composition. He has studied with Drs. Cynthia Folio, Matthew Greenbaum, and Maurice Wright. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition at Westminster Choir College and his Master of Music degree at Temple University. Since April 2009 he has been a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He writes in an eclectic style with influences from Renaissance modality to serialism and is interested in composing for stage, film, and video games.