Pat Morehead’s 80th Birthday Concert at Koerner Hall

We had a wonderful event at Toronto’s fabulous Koerner Hall on August 29, the day of Pat Morehead’s 80th birthday. The concert included performances by Alex Klein, one of the world’s leading oboists and a student of Pat’s from Brazil; Jamie Thompson, a remarkable flutist we’ve known for years; two wonderful young singers, Beste Kalendar and Gena van Oosten; The Ezra Duo; and the Madoc String Quartet. Pat’s husband, Phil Morehead, did most of the piano and harpsichord duties for the evening. The video of the concert will be available for some time at Program notes, bios, etc. for the event are available at

Morehead to play at 2019 IDRS conference

Oboist/English hornist/composer Patricia Morehead, along with oboist/English hornist Alicia Cordoba Tait and husband/pianist Philip Morehead will be performing at the IDRS (International Double Reed Society) conference in Tampa, Florida, on July 14, 2019. The program will include a newly commissioned work by Sebastian Huydts, Northern Light for oboe, English horn and piano, Beisammen by Claudio Spies, and Take Two Oboes by Thea Musgrave.

Bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson performs “Come Dance with me”

Oct 11 7:00: Nadina Mackie Jackson presents. Patricia Morehead, Come dance with me the dance of life for bassoon and string ensemble. Also on program: APOLLO X. Concerto for electronic bassoon with strings and percussion. Nadina Mackie Jackson, solo bassoon; Paul Frehner, conductor; Out of This World Orchestra. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.. 416-453-7607. $50; $30(sr/st).

New work by Morehead to be premiered by Trio Bravo


Toronto’s Trio Bravo will premiere a new trio for clarinet, violin and piano, Retro Variations, at the St. Barnabas Anglican Church at 361 Danforth Ave., Toronto, on Sunday, November 13, 2016. The performers will be Daniel Kushner, violin, Terry Storr, clarinet, and Philip Morehead, piano.

Morehead performed at Campbell University


Pat Morehead will present a two-day residency October 26-27 at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, at the invitation of composer/pianist Betty Wishart. Ms. Morehead will present a composition master class and will be represented on a concert of music by living composers with four works: Prairie Portraits, Adagissimo, Multiples, and Meditation and Exultation. Her husband, pianist Philip Morehead, will perform with her and as soloist.

Morehead work premiered at Florsheim Mansion in Chicago


On Saturday, October 15, pianist Sebastian Huydts performed the world premiere of a new work by Patricia Morehead, Secret Path, at the historic Florsheim Mansion in Chicago, Illinois, as part of Open House Chicago. The work was presented under the auspices of the contemporary music group Access Contemporary Music.

Max Lifchitz to perform Pat’s “Episode”


The National Association of Composers, USA, East Coast Chapter, will present a free concert of chamber music by living American composers, “Spring Serenade,” on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 8PM at the Christ and St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, New York, NY. The program will include pianist Max Lifchitz performing Patricia Morehead’s Episode in the Life of a Proton, as well as works by Allen Brings, Dinos Constantinides, Edward Dulaney, Debra Kaye, Max Lifchitz and Betty Wishart.

“The creation of “Episode in the Life of a Proton” was inspired by a visit to the Linear Proton Accelerator at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Having been previously fascinated by physics, I had long wished to visit this important project. I was so amazed by the accelerator that I wrote a piece in an attempt to capture the physics of an ever faster moving body that gets heavier and heavier in mass as it approaches the speed of light. I also tried to represent the vacuum tubes that protect the protons from the negative pull of the electron magnet whose postive push propels the protons forward faster and faster. The protons hit a lead wall and are shattered into many even tinier particles that are then led off to the experimenters.” (Pat Morehead)

Performers include Eriko Sato and Deborah Wong, violin, Lois Martin, viola, Marisol Espada, cello, Orlando Cela, flute, and Jery-Mae Astolfi, Allen Brings and Max Lifchitz, piano.

ACM presents “Gaudí” with music by Pat Morehead and others


On March 11, 2016, Access Contemporary Music, founded in Chicago but now branching out to New York City, presented its popular Sound of Silent Music program at Symphony Space in New York, featuring the film “Gaudí” with music by Patricia Morehead, Ryan Ingebritsen, LJ White and Larry Axelrod performed live by a small ensemble conducted by Philip Morehead.

“Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films, the Sound of Silent Film Festival  is our most popular event.

Sound of Silent Film returns to New York City for one screening of Hiroshi Teshigahara‘s stunning Gaudí, a moving cinematic tribute to the visionary Barcelona architect.

The film has been scored by composers Lawrence Axelrod, Ryan Ingebritsen, Patricia Morehead, and LJ White and their beautiful new score will be performed live to the film.’

Philip Morehead – conductor

Hristina Blagoeva – flute
Christopher Graham – percussion
Christopher Grymes – clarinet
Maria Hadge – cello
Ryan Ingebritsen – electronics
Marcus Ostermiller – piano
Elena Moon Park – violin

75th Birthyear Concert for Pat


a concert of music by Patricia Morehead
in honor of her 75th birthyear
was presented in benefit of Homes First

on Friday, October 2, 2015
at Grace Church on-the-Hill in Toronto

in lieu of gifts donations welcome
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the concert was streamed live and is available for viewing on YouTube (search “pieces of pat”)

with: Patricia and Philip Morehead, Vicki Blechta, Sebastian Huydts, Beste Kalender, Valerie Kuinka, Robert Pomakov, Sara Schabas and Terry Storr.

cake and refreshments after concert

Pat’s new CD on Navona released

brass rail blues cover001Pat’s second CD, Brass Rail Blues, has now been released on Navona Records. It features settings of texts by poets Anne Sexton, Cathy Ann Elias, James Morehead, Ian Morehead, and Alaskan poets Sheila Nickerson, Peggy Shumaker, and Frank Buske, sung by thre wonderful singers — Susanna Phillips, Julia Bentley, and Alicia Berneche. It also features performances by remarkable mandolinist Dimitris Marinos and flutist Caroline Pittman. It is distributed by Naxos and available through iTunes, at and through many other digital and physical distribution sources.

Here’s the official release:

Composer/oboist Patricia Morehead and Navona Records are pleased to announce Ms. Morehead’s third CD, Brass Rail Blues, officially released in May, 2014. Her previous recordings are Cityscape (for full orchestra)  on the ERM label (Kiev Symphony Orchestra) and Good News Falls Gently on the Navona label. The CD spotlights the singing of three remarkable artists, Julia Bentley, Susanna Phillips and Alicia Berneche.

BRASS RAIL BLUES features “The Wonderful Musician”, poet Anne Sexton’s very personal take on Grimm fairy tale; “Alaskan Songs”, a setting of four poems by Alaskan poets evoking the unique Alaskan landscape; “The Edible Flute”, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s feminist novel “The Edible Woman”; “Sempre un giorno nuovo”, a haunting setting of an evocative poem by poet Cathy Ann Elias; and “Just Before the Rain”, a work written for and dedicated to the remarkable mandolin virtuoso Dimitris Marinos; and “Three French Songs” on poems by Théodore de Banville and Paul Verlaine set by Philip Morehead.

Compositions on Brass Rail Blues:

ALASKAN SONGS (1989-92), performed by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, clarinetist Dileep Gangolli, and pianist Philip Morehead. It was recorded live at DePaul University on October 28, 2005.

THE EDIBLE FLUTE (1993) is inspired by the novel “The Edible Woman” by Margaret Atwood which deals with the issue of Woman as the nurturing sex and the inner demands that this makes on her. It was recorded live during a broadcast on WFMT radio in Chicago on October 28, 2002, by flutist Caroline Pittman and pianist Philip Morehead.

THREE FRENCH SONGS  (1962) is an oeuvre de jeunesse by Patricia Morehead’s husband Philip Morehead, written before he first went to France to study with the celebrated teacher Nadia Boulanger. It was recorded live in performance in 2001 by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and pianist Philip Morehead.

SEMPRE UN GIORNO NUOVO (2011) is a setting of a poem by Cathy Ann Elias, close friend of the composer and an awarded poet in the Italian language. It was recorded by WFMT’s “Live from Studio One” on February 18, 2013, by soprano Alicia Berneche and pianist Philip Morehead.

The two movements from Triptych for soprano and string quartet, SIPPING TEA IN SAMARKAND and BRASS RAIL BLUES (1992), are settings of poems by Patricia Morehead’s sons, James Morehead and Ian Morehead respectively. They were recorded on June 6, 2009 in the WFMT studios by soprano Susanna Phillips and a quartet composed of violinists Aurelien Pederzoli and Elizabeth Choi, violist Kristin Figard and cellist Eric Schaeffer, with Philip Morehead conducting.

JUST BEFORE THE RAIN is a work inspired by a poem by the late Kathleen Lombardo and dedicated to virtuoso mandolinist Dimitris Marinos, who leads this performance recorded at the First Congregational Church of LaGrange on May 25, 2000.

The final work on the CD, a setting of Anne Sexton’s chilling poem THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN was recorded in performance on March 15, 2003, at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and a chamber orchestra conducted by Philip Morehead.

A CD release event is planned for September 2014.