Charles Gran was born and raised in Southern California. He has written for various combinations of voices, instruments, and media as well as libretti and lyrics. Though trained in the techniques of the classical music tradition, he has a populist vision for his music and considers the voice a primary compositional focus, featuring singing in many of his pieces. Recent work includes The Nice Model for cello and vocoder, underscore for the play Twelfth Night, and The Rise for solo piano. A complete catalog is located on this site.
Major multimedia works include Words and Deeds; Genesis; Information, Knowledge, Wisdom, Truth, Beauty, Love, Music; Remember Me. Much of his recent work has focused on theater, works for solo performers with electronic or computer music including The Nice Model (cello and vocoder), Tick-Tock (oboe, and drum machine), Sensing Angels (clarinet with computer manipulation). New large ensemble works include The Aviary (orchestra) and My Beating Heart (big band). His works have been performed at The Theatre Building (Chicago), Academy for New Musical Theater (Los Angeles), U. C. L. A., The Colony Theater (Los Angeles), Skirball Center (Los Angeles), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Millikin University (Illinois), Colby College (Maine), Lane Community College (Oregon), and Santa Monica College.
Dr. Gran holds a B.Mus. in music composition from California State University Fullerton, as well as a Ph.D. in music composition from The University of California, Los Angeles. His major teachers include Paul Chihara, Lloyd Rogers, Paul Reale, and Ian Krouse. He is an associate professor in the Department of Music at Truman State University where he leads the Theory and Composition area, and is director of the New Horizons Music Festival and the Electronic Music Working Group. Dr. Gran teaches Composition, Electronic Music, Songwriting, and Aural skills. He has also taught Music Theory, Counterpoint, Arranging, and World Musics.
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