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Patrick Harlin

Ann Arbor, MI      

Patrick Harlin‘s music has been performed on subscription series concerts with the St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, and most recently opened the 2016-17 Kansas City Symphony season at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.  

A native of Seattle, Patrick’s music often features nature as a compositional element.  His doctorate included research in soundscape ecology leading him to some of the most remote regions on earth including the Amazon basin in Peru and Book Cliffs Utah where he recorded sounds for integration into compositions for the concert hall.  His most recent work The Wilderness Anthology for string quartet and prerecorded audio draws parallels between sounds found in the natural world to those in the concert hall. 

He was recently commissioned by the Caramoor Summer Festival to write a work for the Calidore String Quartet.  His orchestral work River of Doubt commissioned by the Atlantic Classical Orchestra is scheduled to be recorded on CD in January of 2017.  Patrick is currently working on a new companion piece to the Vivaldi Four Seasons commissioned by the Christ Church Cathedral to premiere with Cincinnati Collegium in May of 2017.  This work is in collaboration with the Murmuration installation celebrating the 200th anniversary of Christ Church Cathedral by New York based visual artist Anne Patterson.  

Patrick Harlin holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and and master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.  His former teachers include Roger Briggs, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, and prior to college Alexei Girsh.  Recent awards and fellowships include the inaugural Aspen Hermitage Prize, the Rappaport Prize in composition, a Theodore Presser award, a Charles Ives Scholarship, a DOW Sustainability Fellowship, a CAP Grant, and residencies at I-Park and the Hermitage.  He has been a fellow at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Cabrillo, MIZZOU International Composers Festival, and the Copland House Cultivate program.  Patrick lives in Ann Arbor with his wife.  

Rapture for Orchestra

A performance of Rapture for orchestra by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

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Shadow Dancer orchestral excerpt

From the orchestral version of Shadow Dancer

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Ecstatic from the Wilderness Anthology for String Quartet

Movement 3 of 7 from the Wilderness Anthology for String Quartet and pre-recorded audio from the Amazon Basin and beyond.

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