School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Socrates Garcia is a composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, guitarist, and educator from the Dominican Republic. He is the Director of Music Technology at UNC, where he teaches courses in music technology such as Introduction to Music Technology, Digital Composition, and Recording Techniques. He also oversees the recording studio, keyboard lab, and computer music lab.
Dr. Garcia's credits include the album Yo Por Ti by Puerto Rican artist Olga Tañon, Grammy Award winner of Merengue Album of the Year 2001; musical director/keyboardist for Los Ilegales in their 1997-1998 Latin American tour; keyboardist for multi-Grammy winner Juan Luis Guerra; and guest performer with the Dominican Republic's National Symphony Orchestra, among others.
As a guitarist or keyboardist, he has performed in many Latin-American countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Aruba, and throughout the Dominican Republic. As an arranger/producer and recording engineer his work is found numerous albums and a myriad of side projects. His first solo CD, Sueños, was released in 2005.
Dr. Garcia studied composition with Dick Grove, Jamey Simmons, H. David Caffey, Fred Sturm, and Paul Elwood. He served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University and taught Jazz Harmony and Theory at the Santo Domingo Conservatory of Music between 1999 and 2004.
His jazz orchestra compositions are published through UNC Jazz Press. He has won composition awards from the Jazz Education Network and Casa de Teatro, and is a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and LARAS (Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Science).
Dr. Garcia completed an undergraduate degree in Theory and Composition at Luther College, a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies (Composition) at Middle Tennessee State University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies (Composition) at UNC.