Penrose Marcos Allphin
composer & graduate student
Penrose Marcos Allphin (they/them) is a gay genderqueer composer. They have been composing, playing the piano, and singing in choirs since they were very small. Penrose has taught piano to students ranging in age from 7 to 88, and has designed and tailored much of their elementary piano and theory curriculum. They have several years of experience playing in pit orchestras and music directing, as well as administrative experience at music nonprofits. They are currently writing a master's thesis on trans composers and hope to continue to pursue graduate level gender studies. In their spare time, they enjoy cross-stitching, baking and playing with Percy, their cat.
University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.M. in Music Theory
expected May 2021
Smith College, Bachelor of Arts in Music
Undergraduate studies focused on composition and music theory. Other academic pursuits in college included linguistics coursework and cognition research.
2018 Smith College Settie Lehman Fatman Prize for the best composition in music in small form, awarded for Sonata for Piano Trio
The 2019 Margaret Collins Stoop Adesso Prize for the best new choral work composed by a Smith student, awarded for Senex Puerum Portabat
Prepared and performed a senior recital that centers the works of composers with gender identities not typically reflected in the classical canon.
Library and Education Intern
Research Assistant –– Brown University School of Public Health’s Center for Gerontology & Healthcare Research
Catalogued audition library, researched grants, and assisted librarian and director of education with other tasks.
Music Education Program Intern
Northampton Community Music Center
Did administrative work in preparation for the school year and for summer programs. Supervised children at camp and assisted with youth orchestra, designed and ran jeopardy-style game for entire camp.
Smith College Music Department
Jan. 2017 - May 2017
Digitally inputting, editing, and formatting a twentieth-century manuscript of a choral and orchestral work, as well as background research for historical context.
Smith College de Villiers Psychology Lab
Sept. 2015 - Dec. 2016
Experimental design and fieldwork, observing and collecting data on the caching behavior of squirrels.
Harvard Pepperberg Lab for Avian Cognition
Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2016
Assisting research trials, inputting research data, vocal modeling, and vocal testing with African Grey Parrots, as well as performing general lab duties such as cleaning, feeding, and animal care.
MIT Educational Studies Program
July 2014 - Aug. 2016
Designed and taught several one day and seven-week courses to 7th-10th graders on topics ranging from Asimov, Robots, and Society to Magical Madrigals to History through Musicals.
several years of experience
taught students ranging in age from 7 to 88 and designed educational materials for beginning piano and music theory
Pit Musician/Music Directing
Legally Blonde / Keyboard II
Stages: A Musical Revue / Assistant MD, Arranger, and Pianist
In The Heights / Keyboard I
The Wedding Singer / Assistant MD, Pianist, and Pit Leader
Jekyll & Hyde / Assistant MD, Pianist, and Pit Leader