Dr. Samuel Magrill is a Professor of Music and a Composer-in-Residence and at the University of Central Oklahoma where he has taught music theory and composition since 1988. Previously, he taught at the University of Wyoming and California State University, Long Beach. He obtained his Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Composition from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has received numerous awards and commissions including ones from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the Oklahoma Music Teachers' Association, and faculty research grants and merit-credit awards from the University of Central Oklahoma.

In addition to his work as a composer, he is an avid accompanist, both instrumental and vocal, participates in numerous student and faculty performances throughout the year. Magrill has written over one hundred compositions for a variety of instruments, from solo piano and chamber music to choir, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra and opera. His works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad and at many regional and national conferences, including the National Flute Association, Society of Composers, Inc. and the College Music Society.