Dr. Christopher J. Greco

Position Title: Associate Professor of Music
Department: Music
Office: Bishop Fink 323
Phone: (913) 360-7599
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Dr. Christopher Greco earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Music Composition from California State University, Los Angeles, and the D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree in Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an educator, composer, performer, and scholar of music with interests covering a broad spectrum of musical disciplines: composition, performance, music theory, and the intersection of music and technology.

Dr. Greco has composed and performed a broad and diverse range of music including classical, chamber, jazz, concert hall music, popular music, and electronic and electro-acoustic music. His compositions draw from the music traditions of the past and the present within the worlds of the classical repertoire, non-western music, American popular, twentieth century, and jazz. He was trained as a composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist (saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist) in Los Angeles and is an award-winning composer in the categories of concert music and jazz music.

Dr. Greco served on the music faculty at Pepperdine University, University of Maryland, UCLA, and Wor-Wic Community College teaching music theory, music history, composition, woodwind methods, string methods, music fundamentals, improvisation, and applied woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone).

He joined the Benedictine College music faculty in 2008 where he is the coordinator of the music theory undergraduate sequence, applied studio woodwind specialist, and professor of composition. He and his wife Yvette have three children, Nicholas, Julia, and Alexander.


MU101 Music Theory

MU103 Music Theory

MU200 Music Theory

MU300 Music Theory

MU302 Orchestration

MU313 Counterpoint

MU303 Seminar in Composition

MU290-491 Music Composition

MU 185-486 Woodwind Studio Applied (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon)

MU118 Woodwind Instruments

MU170-471 Chamber Ensemble

MU191 History Of Jazz (summer online)


D.M.A., Performance

University of California, Los Angeles (classical saxophone/clarinet)

M.A., Music Composition

California State University, Los Angeles  

B.A., Music

California State University Los Angeles

Selected Publications and Presentations

“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


"Guest Artist, A Private Lesson With Christopher Greco - Pedagogy, Performance, and Career Objectives,” Saxophone Today, March/April 2014: p. 47-50

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

Paper Presentation - Music Theory

College Music Society, Great Plains Chapter Conference

“Introducing Textural Music Into the Undergraduate Core

Curriculum: Ligeti’sChamber Concerto for 13 Instrumentalists.”

March 27-28, 2010

Kansas State University, Emporia, KS

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

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

Selected Performances

Jazz Concert - Kansas Jazz Collective

Director:Christopher Greco

Benedictine College - March 24, 2012

O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium

Atchison, KS 66002

George Colligan, piano (NYC guest); Greco saxophone, clarinet;

Steve Rigazzi contrabass; Doug Auwarter, drums.             

Saxophone Recital  - Duo and Trio Music

Benedictine College - September 27, 2011

O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium

Atchison, KS 66002

Christopher Greco – alto saxophone

Bryan Pezzone – piano (guest - Los Angeles)

Krystal Heib – flute (former BC graduate) 

Jazz Concert – Kansas Jazz Collective

Director:Christopher Greco

Benedictine College - September 29, 2010

O’Malley – McAllister Auditorium

Atchison, KS 66002

Eldad Tarmu, vibraphone (NYC guest), Greco saxophone, clarinet;

Michael Pagan, piano; Ray Demarchi, drums.

Saxophone / Clarinet Recital

Benedictine College - November 10, 2009

O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium

Atchison, KS 66002

Christopher Greco - alto saxophone, clarinet

Bryan Pezzone – piano (guest - Los Angeles)

Broadcast Performances

Dr. Greco’s recordings of compositions and his performances have been broadcast globally including the United States, Portugal, France, South America, Russia, Belgium, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, and Italy.


Thirty compositions published with Pleiadian Music (ASCAP)


  • Honorable Mention International Song Competition 2014 Finalist - “The Open Door” (clarinet)
  • ASCAP-Plus Awards 2002-2014
  • CMJ Top 50 Jazz Albums 2013 - "Trane Of Thought" CD
  • International Song Competition 2013 Semi-Finalist - "Oliver" (tenor saxophone)
  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards Finalist 2013 - "Oliver"
  • Winner "Best Jazz" - Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2012 - "Maia" (soprano saxophone)
  • International Song Competition 2012 Semi-Finalist - "Messages" (tenor saxophone)
  • International Song Competition 2011 Semi-Finalist - "The Open Door" (clarinet)
  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards Finalist 2011 - "Merope" (flute)Julius Hemphill Composition Award 2001 Finalist - "The Flight Of A Bird Leaves No Trace" (flute)

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
  • The Recording Academy - Voting Member
  • The College Music Society
  • International Clarinet Association
  • Europe Jazz Network
  • VDM Publishing