Paul SanGregory


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.

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.