Conductor and composer Patrick Murray is the director of the University of Toronto Scarborough Concert Choir. Between 2018-2020, Murray served as Lecturer in Choral Music at Western University (London, ON), where he directed three choirs and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral literature. Choirs under his direction have been recognized in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs and been invited to perform at Podium, Canada’s national choral conference. Previously, Murray held positions as director of the University of Illinois University Chorus, Music Director of FAWN Chamber Creative (Toronto), and as a teaching artist with the Ad Astra Music Festival (Russell, KS), Illinois Summer Youth Music, and Toronto Children’s Chorus. As a guest conductor, Murray has collaborated with ensembles and festivals such as the Guelph Chamber Choir, Illinois Modern Ensemble, Yale Camerata, Yale Voxtet, New Music New Haven, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, and University of Toronto New Music Festival.
Murray’s compositions have been commissioned and premiered by numerous ensembles in Canada and the United States including New York Polyphony, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Peabody Percussion Ensemble, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Toy Piano Composers, and the Canadian Men’s Chorus. His works have been recognized by the SOCAN Young Composers Award and the DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks award, recorded by the DaCapo Chamber Choir, and are published by Cypress Choral Music and Renforth Music.
Murray’s academic research focuses on artistic practices of community collaboration in contemporary American choral music. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and the Yale School of Music, and currently holds a SSHRC doctoral fellowship at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
(Photos by Noël Wan.)