Christopher Comer, Dean
Office: Mus 106
Patrick C. Williams, a member of the music faculty at The University of Montana-Missoula since 1975, teaches composition, theory, aural perception, and 16th- and 18th-century counterpoint. He received his formal education at Eastern Michigan University and Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers include Samuel Adler, Eugene Kurtz and Anthony Iannaccone.
For 18 years, Professor Williams was a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association, maintaining an active teaching and performing schedule as bass-baritone on the voice faculty, singing regularly as a recitalist, and as bass soloist in numerous works for chamber ensembles and regional orchestras. Two sets of songs were written for and dedicated to him by American composer and publisher, William Presser. In 1977 he founded and directed the UM Renaissance Ensemble, and in 2001, he created the UM Women’s Chorus. He was the recipient of the 1991 Distinguished Faculty Award for the School of Fine Arts.
Professor Williams’ catalogue of compositions includes numerous works for vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs of every kind, and chamber works for winds, strings, percussion, and full orchestra. As a sidelight to his work in contemporary composition, the composer takes great delight in writing 16th- and 18th-century-style motets, anthems, inventions and fugues as both teaching and performance pieces. He was selected as one of three national judges for the 2008 Music Teachers National Association student composition contest.
During the past 15 years, Williams’ personal composition projects and research in Celtic music have taken him to universities in Wales and Ireland. His most recent compositions: Garden Etudes for clarinet and violin, and a five-movement work for chamber orchestra, Pilgrimage, directly reflects his experiences in those countries as well as in France and Italy. His compositions have been performed in schools and universities across the nation and on National Public Radio.
A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and The Society of Composers, Incorporated, Williams serves on the SCI National Council, and has publications with Colla Voce Music, Inc. and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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