Penrose Marcos Allphin

Image by Andy Holmes

About Poe

Penrose Marcos Allphin is a composer and musicologist. Poe's master's thesis can be found here. In his spare time, he enjoys cross-stitching, baking, and playing with his cat, Percy.














Violets and Carnations (2019)

a one-act queer musical fairytale

Cellist Next Door (2020)

a tale of gay time-travel and historical gender-non-conformity

Chamber Music

Sonata No. 1 (arrangements for piano trio, string quartet, or quintet available) (2018) (6’30”)

String Quartet arrangement premiered at the first Five College Contemporary Composition Collective concert

A winner of the Smith College 2018 Settie Lehman Fatman Prize for the best composition in music in small form

Wisteria (viola, piano) (2021) (5')


Invention No. 1 (clarinet, piano) (2019) (3’)


River (violin, cello) (2017) (3’)





Darling (in progress) (TTBB) 


On the Hill-Side (2019) (SATB) (2')

Text by Radclyffe Hall

Open-Mouthed Gemini (2019) (SATB or piano & voice) (3')

Text by Morgan Ureña

Wild Nights (2019) (SATB) (3')

Text by Emily Dickinson

Salve Regina (2019) (SSAAB) (3')


Senex Puerum Portabat (2018) (SATB) (3’)

Premiered by Circle City Chamber Choir for the 2019 Transgender Singing Voice Conference 

Winner of the 2019 Margaret Collins Stoop Adesso Prize for the best new choral work composed by a Smith student 


Woods in Winter (2018) (SATB) (3’)

Text by H. W. Longfellow


Summer Rain (2018) (SATB) (3’)

Text by Fannie Isabelle Sherrick


Vocal (solo repertoire)

strawberries mean nothing (2021, song cycle for voice and piano) 

  I. Fruit​

  II. Jam Jar

  III. October

  IV. Taxonomy

as if you were an archer (2019, song cycle for voice and piano)

  1. At a Dinner Party ​​​​​​(text by Amy Levy)

  2. At the Touch of You (text by Witter Bynner)

  3. He Would Not Stay for Me (text by A.E. Housman)

  4. El Beso (text by Angelina Weld Grimké)

Open-Mouthed Gemini (2019) (piano & voice) (3')

Text by Morgan Ureña

the sun just touched the morning (soprano or tenor, piano) (2017) (2’)

Text by Emily Dickinson  

Image by Andy Holmes
Image by Andy Holmes


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