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My name is Greg Bolin.

I’m a composer, arranger, music director, vocal coach and pianist living in Austin, Texas.  I currently serve as the Head of Music Direction for Texas State University’s acclaimed musical theatre program, where I also teach music theory and analysis. 

I received my D.M.A in composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and have since been fortunate to have a number of my pieces performed by top-notch ensembles all over the world, including the Ying Quartet, the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble of the Showa Academy in Japan, and the Sapphire Trio.


Below is a small sampling of my music.

More to come so check back.



Fleisher Pass.

In Montana there is a tiny little two lane highway, State Route 279, which starts just outside of Helena and heads North and West until it begins to climb up some innocuous looking foothills.

Soon it’s climbing inexorably, hair-pinning and curving through one of Montana’s most treacherous passes: vertigo-inducing drop-off on the left, near-vertical wall on the right. At 6,500 feet, the road suddenly summits at a mind-blowing vista, looking out from the top of the Great Divide.

This is Fleisher Pass.


Missouri River Passacaglia

Missouri River Passacaglia was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of a nation-wide celebration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

For me that expedition, though encompassing profoundly different landscapes, always comes back eventually to a single constant: the water: the menacing stone walls of a gorge exploding into endless vistas, pristine forests giving way to wide open plains, but all of it experienced from a single, seamless flow of water.


Scores and Recordings of Several of My Works


Fleisher Pass (Symphonic Winds)

Played by the Wind Symphony of Showa, Japan

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Missouri river passacaglia (string octet)

Played by the Ying and Cascade Quartets

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Toccata (for two pianos)

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Earth Songs Suite (Mixed Choir/Chamber Ensemble)

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