Blaise Ferrandino

Division Chair of Theory/Composition,
Professor of Music Theory and Composition
Jarvis Hall 309 | 817-257-6608


DMA, Composition, University of Hartford - Hartt School
Minors in Theory and Double Bass
MM, Composition, Minor in Double Bass, Syracuse University
BME, Strings, Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College
BM, Composition, Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College

Courses Taught

I have taught all courses in the Theory/Composition Curriculum at the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral level.

Areas of Focus

Composition;Theory Pedagogy; Performance Analysis

Dr. Blaise J. Ferrandino is Professor and Division Chair of Music Theory and Composition at Texas Christian University where he has been since 1990. Besides his work as a composer Ferrandino is a Music Theorist and Double Bassist. His degrees are from Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and the Hartt School where he studied with Gary Karr and David Murray. He is active in publishing, presentation, and composition/performance. At TCU he has served as Interim Director of the School of Music and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Beyond TCU Dr. Ferrandino has served as President of the Texas Society for Music Theory and is a College Board consultant for Music Theory in the Southwest Region.

Compositions include song cycles, orchestral pieces, a wide-ranging assortment of chamber music, an opera, and solo works. Recently published works include Song and a Dance for Double Bass and Piano commissioned by the International Society of Double Bassists to serve as the compulsory piece for their 2011 competition and Crucible, commissioned for the TCU Trombone Summit quartet competition. Other double bass music includes Song of the Guerillas where the bass is part of a mixed ensemble including violin, viola, cello, clarinet, and piano and Berceuse for two double basses and piano. Both Song of the Guerillas and Berceuse received their premier performance in Shanghai, China. The latter was broadcast over national radio to an audience of many millions.

The musical drama Retrieving the Spirit premiered in April of 2012. Sonata for Pianoforte and Violoncello, Hopes and Dreams, Sonata in the form of Four Vocalises, Symphony for Wind Ensemble, Crucible for trombone ensemble, Trio 2015 (sax, violin, piano), Quintet (oboe, violin, horn, trombone, piano), Duet for Trombone and Horn and Fantasy for violin premiered in February 2016.

Dr. Ferrandino is active in AP Music Theory teacher training, teaching weeklong courses for twenty years at TCU, and in Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Little Rock, Taos, and Chicago. He has organized and presented at one and two-day workshops at the College Board regional AP Music Theory Conferences. He is lead editor and author of The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Music Theory.

Oregon Trail (in progress) anthology work in four sections

Quintet for Violin, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, and Piano Fantasy on “… to turn again” – violin

Symphony for Violoncelli

Symphony for Wind Ensemble

Retrieving the Spirit for Voice, Cello, and Piano

Sonata in the Form of Four Vocalises for Voice and Piano

Pomes for Tuba ensemble

Crucible for Trombone Ensemble

Song and a Dance for Double Bass and Piano

AP Vertical Teams Guide for Music Theory

Core curriculum revision at TCU: How faculty created and are maintaining the TCU core curriculum

National Merit Scholar

SAI Composition Contest Winner

ASCAP award for young composers

AP Music Theory Instructor and Trainer K – 12 Music education









Former President TSMT

Board Member TSMT

Southwest Region Consultant College Board

National Math Science Initiative Consultant

ETS consultant