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Troy Centofanto

Director of Music Admissions
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music, Room 316
Phone: 412.396.5983


M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., Duquesne University

Western Pennsylvania native, TROY CENTOFANTO, began his formal studies of music as a music technology major and double bassist, studying under Jeff Mangone, at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Yet, his true passion for creating music quickly emerged as he shifted his focus towards composition. Under the direction of David Stock and Lynn Purse, Centofanto premiered several works as an undergraduate student including Open Field [1999], sonata for piano; and Forgotten Bridge [1999], solo for electric bass.

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Centofanto took a job in Long Island as an accounts manager for KorgUSA's educational division, SoundTree. While living in New York, Centofanto collaborated with film composer, Michael Reola, on the short film, Change (written and directed by Sarah DiLeo: winner of Best Director, Biarritz International Film Festival, France [2003]; featured film in the New Orleans Film Festival and Tish School of the Arts First Run Film Festival [2003]). Musical excerpts from Change were licensed for regional radio commercials.

Centofanto soon returned to Duquesne to complete his Master of Music in composition and theory. As a graduate student, Centofanto studied under David Stock and attended various master classes including a session with Joan Tower; who gave him an affirmative review of his score for Republic St. Suite. Centofanto was able to premiere three major works during his graduate studies: Republic St. Suite, for chamber orchestra [2003]; Three Thoughts for Cello [2004]; and Caduceus, sonata for double bass and piano (2004; 2006 Awarded Honorable Mention-solo division-at the International Society of Bassists/David Walter Composition Competition).

In the fall of 2004, Centofanto joined the ranks of Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music as Adjunct Professor of Music Technology and later as Assistant Professor. As an instructor at Duquesne, Centofanto enjoyed the privilege of teaching various music technology courses as well as composition. Currently, Centofanto serves as the Director of Music Admissions for the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Additional credits include works premiered by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Bassist, Forgotten Nobody (several tracks from the debut EP [Missing Screws, 2006] have been aired by radio stations such as WDVE 102.5FM, WLER 97.7FM, WRSK 88.1FM, 93.7FM [K-ROCK] and internationally by England's Unsigned Rock Podcast; on-air performance of "19 to 26" [2006-unreleased single] on WDVE 102.5FM); Bassist, for Anthony Rankin (Bassist for the official music video of Anthony Rankin's single, "Mean It" [Blow This House Down, 2010. Music video directed by Tom Larkin]; on-air performances of "Smoke and Mirrors," "Mean It," and "Annie's Room" on WDVE 102.5FM); Bassist, for Melinda; Bassist, for Vanessa Campagna; Instructor, Technology Institute for Music Educators [TI:ME]; Assistant, Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Workshop; Music Technology Consultant; Presenter of numerous regional music technology workshops; Member, ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda and Delta Chi.