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. 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 has served as a member of the National Arts Advisory Committee of the College Board. He is a College Board consultant for Music Theory in the Southwest Region.
Dr. Ferrandino is active in AP Music Theory teacher training, teaching week long 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.
Compositions include song cycles, orchestral pieces, a wide-ranging assortment of chamber music, an opera, and solo works. His most recent published works are 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 andCrucible, commissioned for the TCU Trombone Summit quartet competition. The musical drama Retrieving the Spirit premiered in April of 2012. Symphony for Wind Ensemble is due to premiere in Fall 2013.