Patrick Harlin

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Patrick Harlin


Patrick Harlin (b. 1984, Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American composer.

Harlin grew up in the Pacific Northwest and holds degrees from Western Washington University and the University of Michigan. He completed his DMA in music composition at the University of Michigan in early 2016 where he studied with Michael Daugherty. Other teacher include Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Lesley Sommer, Bruce Hamilton, and Roger Briggs.

His work spans both music composition and the field of soundscape ecology, research that has taken him to remote regions of the U.S. and this spring (2015) to the Amazon rainforest. Patrick collects field recordings on location for inclusion into music including his upcoming dissertation.

In 2013, Patrick was selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a Charles Ives Scholarship recipient. Additionally his orchestral work Rapture was programmed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on 2013 subscription series concerts conducted by Stèphane Denève. At the University of Michigan he was selected for the 2013 Presser Music Award and is the first ever music student to be selected for the prestigious two-year DOW Sustainability Fellowship through the Graham Sustainability Institute, which funds his research linking soundscapes to the overall health of an ecosystem.

Patrick has participated in a number of music festivals, as a resident composer in 2012 at the MIZZOU International Composers Festival, and as the resident composer at the Cordoba Music Festival in Argentina. In 2013 he attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and in 2014 he attended the Cabrillo Conductor/ Composer workshop in Santa Cruz, California.

His music has been performed by the St. Louis Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, The Calgary Philharmonic, Atlantic Classical Orchestra with upcoming performances by the Calidore Quartet and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Works for Winds


  • Keck, Thomas. "Rapture." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 768-775. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Patrick Harlin website