Patrick O’Malley

Composer, 2013

Patrick O'MalleyINSPIRED by the dramatic, emotive, and expressive powers of music, Patrick O’Malley is a composer whose works explore both the cinematic and concert mediums. Patrick’s works include pieces for large orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo and duo performers. His love of music’s storytelling and atmospheric qualities spur his passion for film, theater, and video game music, for which he has composed several soundtracks in all fields. Patrick’s music has been praised as “inventive” and “stunning” by Sequenza 21, and he has received premiers across the United States as well as in France.

In each piece, Patrick always tries to find inventive ways to balance sophisticated writing with audience accessibility. This goal has led to multiple collaborations with directors and game developers to produce musical scores that address both the needs of narrative, as well as the importance of intelligent writing in the art of composition. Collaborators have included Adventure Club Games LLC, Infrastructure Productions LLC, Qua Theater, and Studio 22. Patrick has had the pleasure of scoring the Student-Emmy award winning films of Northwestern Sketch Television (NSTV) four years in a row.

Pieces for the concert stage have featured collaborations with the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Players’ Operation Chamber Orchestra, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and Fifth House Ensemble. In 2010 Patrick was announced the winner of Northwestern’s Student Composition Competition for his orchestral work Superimpose, was a finalist for ASCAP’s Morton Gould prize in 2012, and was featured on Fulcrum Point New Music Project’s Discoveries series for emerging composers in 2013.

Patrick has just completed his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and will be attending the University of Southern California for his Master’s degree in the fall of 2013, where he will study with Frank Ticheli. He has been awarded acceptance into the Etchings Music Festival in France, as well as the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival. He recently attended the Fresh Inc Festival, hosted by Fifth House Ensemble this summer.

Patrick has studied with established composers Lee Hyla, Jay Alan Yim, Hans Tomalla, Roshanne Etezady, John Boyle, Kaija Saariaho, John Aylward, Dominic Schafer, Louis Karchin, Fabien Levy, George Tsontakis, Sydney Hodkinson, John Luther Adams, Derek Bermel, Samuel Adler, Aaron Jay Kernis, Dan Visconti, and Stacy Garrop.

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Patrick O’Malley – Rhapsody
for oboe, saxophone, french horn, viola, and double bass