Dr. Charles Gran
Chair, Department of Music; Professor of Music, Theory and Composition
B.Mus., California State University, Fullerton; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Charles Gran joined the music faculty at Truman State University in 2008, where he serves as Chairperson of the Department of Music and leads the Theory and Composition area. He is the founder and director of the Electronic Music Working Group a student research program the investigates electronic music through instrument design, art creation, and performance. Dr. Gran is a former director of the North Star Music Festival, Truman State University's Fall showcase of contemporary music. Dr. Gran currently teaches compositions lessons, songwriting, counterpoint, orchestration, and electronic music.
Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Gran received a B.Mus. in composition from California State University Fullerton, and Ph.D. in composition from UCLA in 2004. He studied composition with Paul Chihara, Paul Reale, Lloyd Rogers, Ian Krouse and Roger Bourland.
Dr. Gran has written for various combinations of voices, instruments, and media as well as libretti and lyrics. Recent work includes chamber music with electronics, solo piano, and scores for plays. Prior to joining the music faculty at Truman, he taught at Santa Monica College and Occidental College, both in Southern California.
More information about Dr. Gran and his work can be found at charlesgran.com.