D.M.A., Performance
University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Music Composition
California State University, Los Angeles

B.A., Music
California State University, Los Angeles


Biography

American award-winning composer, performer (saxophone, clarinet, flute) and associate professor of music Christopher Greco has followed a path in music of discovery and accumulation. He composes and performs a broad and diverse range of chamber, concert hall and jazz music. He draws from the music traditions of the past and the present within the worlds of twentieth century music, jazz, non-western, popular, and the classical repertoire.

His compositional approach is rooted in aspects of American music, European traditions, jazz, and non-western, and his accumulative nature has increased the scope of his work reflecting a predisposition for musical investigation and discovery.

As a composer he has produced a variety of works in classical music, and jazz music. His work in jazz music can be viewed at his jazz portal (Greco Jazz site).

Dr. Greco studied composition and woodwind instruments - saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe - in Los Angeles. His compositions and performances have been described as “impeccable," “exploratory," “luxuriant," “ephemeral," “boundless," “modern," and “exhilarating."

He studied clarinet and saxophone with

Douglas Masek

(Vincent Abato, Robert Marcellus, Donald Sinta), William Calkins (Cecil Leeson),

William Green

(Mitchell Lurie), and Dominic Mumolo; flute with Gretel Shanley, and Diane Allen Craig; oboe with William Green; composition with Aurelio de la Vega (Ernst Toch) and John Kennedy; and music theory with Aurelio de la Vega and Daniel Kessner (Henri Lazarof).

Currently Dr. Greco is an associate professor of music at Benedictine College and teaches music theory (coordinator), composition, chamber music, orchestration, counterpoint, applied studio woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone), and History of Jazz (summer online). He served as chair of the Curriculum Committee, and chair of the Convocation and Arts Committee Benedictine College (KS).



Publications

I. Papers

1. Doctoral Dissertation: “A Study: An Interpretation and Analysis of a Late Twentieth Century Work For Saxophone and Piano: Steven Stucky’s Notturno." June 2006, UCLA

Doctoral paper published by VDM publishing: HREF="http://www.bookfinder4u.com/detail/3639088816.html">LINK



II. Articles

1. "Learning From The Pros, Saxophone Tips From Christopher Greco," Saxophone Today, March/April 2014: p. 47-50

2. "The Benefits of Variety," Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, Volume 38,
Number 1, Spring 2013: p. 14-15

3. “New Music and the Saxophone: Diaphonia Intervallum by Joseph Schwantner."
Saxophone Journal Vol. 29, No. 2, Nov./Dec. 2004: p.54-57

4. “New Music and the Saxophone: Canto IV by Samuel Adler." Saxophone Journal
Vol. 27, No. 6, July/Aug. 2003: p.59-60



III. Compositions

Thirty compositions published with Pleiadian Music (ASCAP).



Professional Affiliations

. Artist Roster | Endorsed by Gonzalez Reeds
. Artist Roster | Endorsed by Selmer Saxophones
. Pro Team | Silverstein Works
. American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
. The Recording Academy (Voting Member)
. The College Music Society
. International Clarinet Association
. Europe Jazz Network
. VDM Publishing