“Night Sky”, new string quartet to be premiered

The string quartet of the North Bay Symphony, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, will premiere a new work by Patricia Morehead, Night Sky, inspired by the paintings of the famous Canadian Group of Seven .  The performance will be accompanied by projection of the paintings being portrayed. The concert will be on Saturday, May 26, 2018 […]

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 Shimmering (2020) mezzo-soprano, piano (3″) Poetry by Sharon Singer How Oft When Thou Play’st (2017) setting of Sonnet 128 by Wiliam Shakespeare for vocal quartet and piano (5-1/2″) premiered by Highlands Opera Studio, Haliburton, ON A Song of Pilgrimage (2015) mezzo-soprano, English horn and piano (5″) Commissioned by Grace Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL and […]

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: Through the Florsheim Mansion (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 […]

Choral Works (click for full list)

Sheshegwaning (2018) poetry by Mike Shain for chorus, marimba and string orchestra (7″) commissioned and premiered by Riversongs Festival, Parry Sound, ON A Summer Rain (2017) poetry by Mike Shain for a cappella mixed chorus (5-1/2″) composed for the Highlands Festival Singers, Melissa Stephens, director Gloria and Sanctus (2014) for congregation and piano or organ […]

Works for Chamber Ensemble (click for full list)

Night Sky (2018) for string quartet commission by and dedicated to the North Bay Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Jones, musical director and conductor 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 […]

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 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)

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 the first to build them— the Lake, […]

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)

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 from Chicago, who lives in Paris and […]

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)

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 poetry of Chicago African-America poet/composer Regina Harris […]

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.