Charles Grogan earned a Bachelor of Arts in music with a piano concentration at Salisbury University (Maryland), a master's degree in composition at California State Long Beach, and a D.M.A. in composition at the University of Arizona. He has written piano, orchestral, and ensemble works, as well as hymn arrangements for choir. Along with studies in traditional theory, Grogan has done research into the history of American folk music. As part of that research, he is preparing to publish scores of Scott Joplin piano rolls and transcriptions of 1920s-30s barrelhouse piano. Grogan came to Wittenberg in 2011.