the University of Indianapolis
the University of Toledo
National Sun Yat-Sen University
in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
National Pingtung University
in Pingtung, Taiwan
(formerly known as both National Pingtung University of Education and National Pintung Teacher's College)
National Kaohsiung Normal University (part time)
in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
National Kaohsiung Normal University (full time)
Associate Professor of Composition and Theory
Paul SanGregory's music might be described as harmonically colorful, melodically clear, rhythmically and texturally varied, sometimes dramatic and often possessing a complexity not immediately apparent. Underlying structures create direction and logic, but his music typically remains flexible and intuitive on the surface. He has an eclectic approach to technique, sometimes combining more recent compositional approaches with elements from Chinese music, earlier Western music, or blues, for example, yet he folds them into a consistent musical personality. His music has been performed in places as diverse as Taiwan, China and other Asian countries, the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It has been broadcast and discussed on NPR affiliated radio stations in the US as well as Hong Kong Radio and Radio New Zealand Classic. His commissions have come from various institutions, ensembles and individuals, including both large and small ensembles at universities in the US and Taiwan as well as from colleagues in various parts of the world. His works include solo instrumental and vocal pieces as well as chamber music, choir music, orchestra music and concertos. Recordings of his works are available on CDs produced by Early Music Society Taiwan, Capstone Records, Leyerle Publications, The Asian Composers League and ShineCreativity co.
Most of his works are self-published, though some are available through Leyerle Publications and the Mostly Marimba website.
He currently lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where he serves as coordinator of Music Theory and Composition at National Kaohsiung Normal University.
To learn more about Paul SanGregory's music or to obtain scores and parts of selected compositions, please visit his composition web site.
In the United States, Mr. SanGregory served on the music composition and theory faculties at the University of Indianapolis and the University of Toledo. He then taught theory and composition for many years at National Kaohsiung Normal University, National Sun Yat-Sen University and National Pingtung University in southern Taiwan. During those years, he was also coach, conductor and composer for NKNU's Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at National Kaohsiung Normal University, and serves on the board of directors for the Asian Composers League’s Taiwan Section.
Originally from northern Ohio, Mr. SanGregory completed the Doctor of Music degree in composition at Indiana University where his major teachers were Claude Baker and Frederick Fox. He also studied composition with Eugene O'Brien, Mark Phillips and David Jex, and has studied piano with Michel Block, Richard Syracuse, Thomas Hecht, and Anthony Pattin.
(This recording is a dress rehearsal I made using a portable digital recorder in the Kaohsiung City Music Hall. The piano was situated a little too far from the mic, unfortunately, but I'm happy with the performance. The players include members of the Counterpoint Chamber Ensemble of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with oboe soloist Akris Hung.)
(This recording is the premiere performance as played by Kevin Romanski in the Kaohsiung City Culture Center's Chih-Shan Hall.)
(This is a recording of the premiere performance of "33" as I performed it during her memorial concert in the Kaohsiung City Culture Center's Chih-Shan Hall in 2012.)