Conductor and composer Patrick Murray is increasingly in demand as a conductor of choral and new music, and currently serves as Lecturer in Choral Music at Western University. Most recently, Murray was director of the University of Illinois University Chorus, and has served as a teaching artist with the Ad Astra Music Festival, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Toronto Children’s Chorus, and Canadian Opera Company.
A passionate advocate for new music, Murray has conducted the premieres of numerous chamber operas and ensemble works. As Founding Music Director of FAWN Chamber Creative (Toronto), Murray spearheaded the premiere of Adam Scime’s opera L’Homme et le ciel, as well as FAWN’s inter-disciplinary new music series, Synesthesia. Additional collaborations include concerts with 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 choral works are frequently performed by choirs across Canada and the United States. 2018 sees the release of Murray’s NewWorks and SOCAN Foundation winning work The Echo on recording by the DaCapo Chamber Choir, as well as a new Christmas arrangement for New York Polyphony and a choral cycle on poems by Rilke. In 2013-2014, Murray served as Composer-in-Residence with Univox Choir (Toronto). His music has premiered at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), Soundstreams’ Salon 21 (Toronto), as well as in concerts by the Toy Piano Composer’s Ensemble, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Peabody Percussion Ensemble, and Canadian Men’s Chorus. Murray is published by Cypress Choral Music and Renforth Music.
Murray’s doctoral research examines the social practice of recent American choral works created in collaboration with community members, and is supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His own contributions to artistic community building have been recognized by awards in Kitchener and Toronto. Murray is presently completing doctoral studies in choral conducting at University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Music (M.M.) and University of Toronto (B.Mus.).
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