Penrose Marcos Allphin

composer & graduate student 

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About Penrose

Penrose Marcos Allphin (they/them) is a genderqueer composer. They are currently writing a master's thesis on trans composers. In their spare time, they enjoy cross-stitching, baking and playing with Percy, their cat.














Violets and Carnations

a one-act queer musical fairytale

Cellist Next Door (in progress)

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

Zig Zag (in progress) (violin, cello) 


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


River (violin, cello) (2017) (3’)


Solo Instrumental Works


Petite Fantasia (in progress) (piano) 




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)

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

Text by Morgan Ureña

Queer Poetry Song Cycle (2019, 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)

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

Text by Emily Dickinson  

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Recent Projects and Events


Podcast Series about Classical Music on Broadway

(Spring 2020)

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Visual Art

When Penrose isn't writing music or words, they sometimes draw people as trees!

Faded Shapes


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