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Comp­osition Competition

Congratulations to our winner, Patrick O'Malley!

Information about next year's competition will be announced in Spring 2017.

Patrick O’Malley (1989) is a composer whose works explore the musical interplay between emotion, color, energy, and landscape. Currently living in Los Angeles, O’Malley grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he cultivated an interest in composition from hearing music at the local orchestra, studying piano and double bass, and film scores at the movie theater. His pieces span many of the contemporary mediums for classical music (orchestra, chamber ensembles, vocal music, film scores etc.), and have been performed across the United States as well as in Europe. Often when writing a new piece, O’Malley considers the listener’s imagination as much as every other musical element – an admittedly and enjoyably subjective endeavor.


Most recently, O’Malley has been recognized and/or performed by organizations including the American Composers Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Next On Grand National Composers Intensive with the Society of Composers Inc., The American Prize place for orchestral music, 2015), the Boston New Music Initiative, ASCAP’s Morton Gould Award (3-time finalist), and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. He has spent summers as a student at various music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Fresh Inc. Festival, and FUBiS composition course in Berlin. He also serves as the arranger and conductor for the newly formed concert series Journey LIVE with Fifth House Ensemble and composer Austin Wintory. O’Malley is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in composition at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.


More info can be found at: patrickomalleymusic.com