Compositions

New choral work by Pat Morehead to be premiered by Highlands Festival Singers

A Summer Rain for chorus to be premiered


Opera (click for full list)

Black Hawk Speaks: An American Tragedy (2015) an opera in two acts (100 minutes) on the life of Sauk warrior chief Black Hawk 1 (alto flute)-1 (EH)-1 (BCl)-0 0-1-1-1 2perc  2timp 1-2-2-1 +recorded sounds Black Hawk (bass-bar), Singing Bird (lyric sop), Trickster (M-S), SATB chorus (incl. small roles)  


Other Works for Voice and instruments (click for full list)

A Song of Pilgrimage (2015) mezzo-soprano, English horn and piano (5″) Commissioned by Grace Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL and Reverend Ted Curtis Black Hawk’s Soliloquy (2015) bass, piano (12″) from the opera Black Hawk Speaks: An American Tragedy Christmas Again (2013) soprano, piano (10″) Poetry by Alicia Berneche Die Taube (2012) mezzo-soprano, piano (5″) Poetry […]


Works for string orchestra (click for full list)

UP Serenade (2004) pdf score pdf parts string orchestra Commissioned and premiered by the Michigan Upper Peninsula Suzuki String Program Geometrical Suite (Dodecahedron, Polymorphia, Fractals) (1991) string orchestra (9”) Commissioned by the American String Teachers Association of Chicago Synthesis and Stasis (1986) strings, two guitars, harpsichord (8”) Commissioned by the American String Teachers Association of […]


Solo Works (click for full list)

Secret Path (2016) for solo piano (5″) commissioned by Access Contemporary Music, Chicago dedicated to and premiered by Sebastian Huydts Sounds and Sighs for John (2016) for oboe/oboe d’amore and electronics (10″) dedicated to the memory of my teacher and mentor John Eaton (1935-2015) Adagissimo — Cinquant’ anni d’amore (2013) for solo piano (5″) dedicated […]


Choral Works (click for full list)

A Summer Rain (2017) poetry by Mike Shain for a cappella mixed chorus composed for the Highlands Festival Singers, Melissa Stephens, director Gloria and Sanctus (2014) for congregation and piano or organ written for Grace Episcopal Church, Chicago, Reverend Edward Curtis, rector Day of Arising (2000) Texts from Bible and Susan Palo Cherwien SATB, ob, […]


Works for Chamber Ensemble (click for full list)

Retro Variations: Search for a new melody (2015) for violin, clarinet and piano (6″) Come Dance With Me the Dance of Life (2014) for solo bassoon and string orchestra  (12″) commissioned by North/South Consonance, Max Lifschitz, director Three Dances (2013) for oboe, violin, cello, piano (13″) Contemporary Sarabande — Bourrée — Tango The Stutterer (2012) […]


Meditation and Exultation (2012)

Patricia Morehead’s newest work is a piece for oboe d’amore solo dedicated to Alicia Cordoba Tait in honor of the Virgin Mary. About Meditation and Exultation – my oboist friend Alicia Cordoba Tait is a Marian scholar at Benedictine University. We are long-time friends (she’s a fine oboist, of course). I am lucky that I […]


Metropolis for orchestra

Metropolis (2011) for Orchestra (14 min.) was commissioned and premiered by conductor Russell Vinick of the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. The composer writes: Metropolis is inspired by several sources. The first movement is motivated by the concept of building an imaginary city and was inspired by a late night viewing of the Fritz Lang silent […]


Conversations (2011)

Conversations for oboe and percussion is dedicated to and composed especially for oboist Alicia Cordoba Tait and percussionist George Blanchet to celebrate their new friendship and engagement.


Prairie Portraits (2010)

Pat’s Prairie Portraits for English horn and piano was commissioned and premiered by Carolyn Hove of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Dragon Concerto (in progress)

Dragon Concerto (in progress) tuba and large orchestra Commissioned by Micky Wroblewski of the Beijing Symphony


Disquieted Souls (2009)

Disquieted Souls (2009) was commissioned by Carolyn Hove, English horn soloist of the LA Philharmonic for EH solo, string quintet and woodwind quintet. (14 min.) It was premiered by the composer on English horn with North South Consonance, Max Lifchitz conducting (2009) in NYC at St. Stephen’s Church and performed recorded with Carolyn Hove with CUBE in June 2010.


Music for Film (click here for details)

Two Sketches (2014) written to accompany a video on the work of Stephen Wierzbowski (12″) video by Dan Manas available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ofpIm83fU6Q Decay (2008) The Red Envelope (2007) Hunger Pains (2006)


Ladders of Anxiety (2007)

Ladders of Anxiety (2007) for flute, string trio and guitar commissioned and premiered by flutist Clare Chase of Ice. It has been performed on WFMT with Caroline Pittman as soloist with the Avalon String Quartet (13 min.) Ladders of Anxiety for flute/alto flute, guitar and string trio is dedicated to the incomparable Claire Chase and ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble).


Pulsars and Tango (2006)

Pulsars and Tango is dedicated to Seth Boustead, Artistic Director of Access Contemporary Music, Chicago. It is my first string quartet and expresses my interest in the universe beyond the bonds of earth and my passion for the dance.


Cityscape (2004)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Cityscape (2004) for Orchestra (10 min.) was commissioned and premiered by conductor Russ Vinick of the Chicago Businessmen’s Orchestra and is recorded on ERM Media, ERM-6811 by the Kiev Philharmonic, Robert Ian Winston conducting Cityscape is an ode to Chicago, with its skyscrapers and unique skyline —we were […]


Down Quicksand Alleys (2001)

Down Quicksand Alleys was composed and performed for the 2001 Chicago Humanities Festival. The three poems of Nina Corwin are the inspiration for the music.


Fantasy Variations (1999)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Fantasy Variations (1999) [pdf] solo harpsichord (10”) Commissioned by harpsichordist Jory Vinicour Fantasy Variations for harpsichord was premiered by Mostly Music and just recently performed in the Santa Barbara New Music Festival in November 2010. Fantasy Variations was written for and dedicated to harpsichord virtuoso Jory Vinikour, originally […]


The Handmaid’s Tale (1998)

The Handmaid’s Tale (1998) was commissioned by two internationally known pianists – Ursula Oppens and Aki Takahashi in celebration of American Women Composers Midwest 15th anniversary at Pick Staiger Hall at Northwestern University, Evanston.


Elegy (1996)

Elegy (1996) for English horn and piano was premiered at the University of Chicago by CCP with the composer performing. (7 min.) It has since been performed many times by English hornist Carolyn Hove and Alicia Cordoba Tait. The work is also available for viola, clarinet, or alto saxophone. It is to be published by Jeanné, Inc.


Good News Falls Gently (1995)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Good News Falls Gently (1995) [pdf] voice, fl (alto fl), 2 ob (EH), 2 cl,2 bsn, 1 hrn, 1tr, 2 perc., strings (10”) Poetry by Regina Harris Baiocchi Commissioned by Incontri di Musica Sacra, premiered in Trani, Bari and Rome, Italy The music is a setting of the […]


The Edible Flute (1993)

The Edible Flute was inspired by Canadian author, Margaret Atwood’s novel The Edible Woman. Atwood deals with the issue of Woman as the nurturing sex and the inner demands that this makes on her.


Songs from Orpheus and Euridyke (1992)

Songs from Orpheus and Euridyke (1992) flute, oboe, piano, voices, synthesizer (25”)