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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

Ryan Olivier's various interests have led him to work with a wide array of media, including concert ensembles, electronics, video, and dance. Recently his visual music works have been featured at various festivals across the United States such as Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Regional and National Conferences, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, as well as internationally at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology in Taiwan, and the Punto y Raya Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. While Ryan enjoys composing for both traditional concert ensembles and fixed media, his current work focuses on incorporating real-time interaction between live performers and visualized electronic music to create interactive multimedia (intermedia) works. His intermedia work, Nova Vita, was recently featured at the National Student Electronic Music Event (N_SEME) and will be featured at the upcoming SEAMUS National Conference at Virginia Tech where he will also present his research on analyzing the intermedia concert experience.

Sabrina Clarke is a third-year PhD student in composition, and current 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.

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

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.