Patrick Murray

Conductor | Composer

Areas of interest: community engagement; social history of choral singing; contemporary choral composition; ethnographic methods in choral research.

Research / Interest Sessions

“Community and the Oratorio Society: Rethinking histories, lineages, practices.” Invited interest session for PODIUM 2022, May 2022 (Toronto, ON).

“Composing ‘Community:’ Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields in Philadelphia, PA.” Invited poster presentation for National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference, Jan 2022 (Atlanta, GA).

“Contemporary choral composition as musical social practice.” Invited paper presentation at SIMM-posium 6: The social and cultural commitment of the musician, Nov 2021 (Paris, France).

“Social Practice Composition in the Choral Arts: Reena Esmail’s Take What You Need in Skid Row, Los Angeles.” Invited paper presentation at Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities National Conference, Oct 2020 (online).

“IPA for All: Teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet through Choral Warmups.” Invited interest session at American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference, March 2020 (Rochester NY).

General Interest Talks

“From Score to Stage: Preparing a Renaissance Mass for Contemporary Performance.” Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School, August 2021.

“Composing ‘Community:’ Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields in Philadelphia, PA.”
A general interest presentation about my research I have presented for numerous choirs and community groups

“Warming up with Lyric Diction.”
An interactive version of my interest session on I.P.A. and choral warmups that I have presented for high school singers and educators.


Wisdom of the Crowd: David Lang on Finding Community in his Participatory Choral Works.” Choral Journal (Aug 2022).

Review of “Focus: Choral Music in Global Perspective” by André de Quadros, The Choral Scholar (2021).

Dissertation: “Composing ‘Community:’ Social practice composition and the performance of community in choral works by Reena Esmail, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang.” University of Illinois, 2021.