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Dr. Patrick Burke

Assistant Professor, Composition
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 222
Phone: 412.396.6077


D.M.A., Composition, Yale University School of Music, 2009
M.M.A., Composition, Yale University School of Music, 2004
M.M., Composition, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
B.M., Music Technology/Composition, Duquesne University, 1996

Patrick Burke works as a composer and educator in Pittsburgh, with frequent performances in Pittsburgh, New York, and across the country. He draws inspiration from his background as a classical pianist, an amateur rock and folk guitarist, and a performer in a gamelan ensemble. Coming out of the waning postmodernist tradition, Patrick embraces a "new sincerity" that aims to reach the listener with reflections on what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Patrick was commissioned last year to compose a piece for Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which the PSO premiered on Feb. 7, 8, & 9, 2014 to a sold out Heinz Hall and performed again in Chapel Hill, SC. Patrick has also been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, IonSound Project, and many other champions of contemporary music. As a founding member of NOW Ensemble, Patrick contributed the title track to their second album, Awake, which was released last year on New Amsterdam Records, reaching the #2 position on Amazon's classical album charts, and #1 on iTunes. Patrick's music continues to be performed increasingly throughout North America by ensembles such as eighth blackbird, the Minnesota Orchestra, Present Music, Citywater Ensemble, and others.

His recent music has been called "indie-classical at its finest" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and "glittering fun...at once very sophisticated and instantly accessible" (Third Coast Digest). His work and his ensemble have received glowing reviews from NPR, Newsweek, and Time Out New York, to name a few. Patrick currently serves as Assistant Professor of Musicianship and Music Technology at Duquesne University.