Conductor – Les Choristes & Chorale
Office: MB 245
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x 84325
Conductor and composer Patrick Murray is increasingly in demand as a conductor of choral and new music. At Western, Murray serves as conductor of the Chorale, co-conductor of Western University Singers and Les Choristes, and conductor of the Huron University Chorus. Previously, Murray held positions as director of the University of Illinois University Chorus and as a teaching artist with the Ad Astra Music Festival, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Toronto Children's Chorus, and Canadian Opera Company.
As Music Director of FAWN Chamber Creative (Toronto) from 2012-2014, Murray premiered two new chamber operas and over thirty new chamber works. A passionate advocate for new music, Murray has continued to support the work of emerging and established composers through recent 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. Murray has served as Composer-in-Residence with Univox Choir (Toronto), and his music has been commissioned and premiered by New York Polyphony, Summer Institute of Church Music, Grand Philharmonic Choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Toy Piano Composers, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Soundstreams’ Salon 21, and the Canadian Men’s Chorus. Murray’s works have been recorded by the DaCapo Chamber Choir and published by Cypress Choral Music and Renforth Music.
Murray's research focuses on the social practice of community collaboration in recent American choral works, funded by a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. His own contributions to artistic community building have been recognized by awards in Kitchener and Toronto.