Griffin, Charles was born in New York in 1968. He earned a B.A. in voice and composition and an M.A. in composition from Queens College, City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has studied composition with Bruce Saylor, Judith Lang-Zaimont, Dominick Argento and Stephen Paulus. A composer of chamber, orchestral, vocal and choral music, his works have been performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe by such ensembles as the Meridian String Quartet, The Mariah Wind Trio, and The Quintet of the Americas.