Dr. Patrick J. Brill is an American composer born and raised in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He has composed numerous classical-style compositions including a cappella sacred vocal works, instrumental chamber compositions, symphonic orchestral pieces, and compositions for both choir and orchestra.
“Patrick, sir, I am stunned by the beauty and joyous grandeur of this piece. You have been blessed with a grand vision. I wish you every success in publishing this and all your future work. Deo Gratias for musicians like you.”— G.L.
PREMIERS OF ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS
In 2010, Dr. Brill’s large-scale orchestral work Introduction and Fugue in D Minor was premiered by the Rollins College Symphony at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and in 2012, conducted by John V. Sinclair; his Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano was premiered at the Brevard Community College by Professor Amy Jevitt, violinist. In 2015, his Serenade No. 1 for Violin, with David Brill, violin, was premiered by the New Score Chamber Orchestra at the Apollo Theater in Orlando, Florida; and in 2016, the New Score Chamber Orchestra also premiered his Danse Macabre, a four-part fugue for string orchestra in Orlando, Florida. In 2017, Dr. Brill conducted a classical chamber concert that included a premiere of his Processional of the Princess from his Royal Coronation Overture, as well as another performance of his Danse Macabre at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville, Florida.
In the fall of 2009, Dr. Brill was commissioned by the Florida Young Artists Orchestra of Orlando, to compose a large-scale orchestral work. This commission resulted in the Grand Overture, completed in 2010. In 2010, he was commissioned by John V. Sinclair of the Bach Festival Orchestra and Choir of Winter Park to compose Christmas music for the 2011 season. His composition/arrangement entitled: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel was premiered on December 10th, and 11th, 2011 as part of the Bach Festival’s A Classic Christmas: Seasonal Music. It was subsequently performed on the same Bach Festival venue in December of 2012, and again in December of 2013. (For a complete list of compositions, premieres, arrangements, and transcriptions, see the full Curriculum Vitae.)
A recording of the Veni Veni Emmanuel is also included on a CD entitled All is Bright: A Choral Christmas. This is a collection of Christmas music recorded by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra of Winter Park, Florida, John V. Sinclair, Conductor, and published by the Bach Festival Society in 2013.
Dr. Brill also published a virtual instrument digital recording of his Royal Coronation Overture on CD Baby in 2012, and a CD album of a mixture of live and virtual instrument recordings entitled: Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod, and Other Works by Bach and Brill. The album was published on CD Baby in 2011.
He also has recordings of his compositions on his Youtube channel: Patrick Brill – Classical Composer.
HONORS AND AWARDS
In 1990, Dr. Brill was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society at the University of Northern Iowa for academic excellence. In 1993 he passed his doctoral comprehensive examinations with honors, and in 1995 he passed his oral doctoral dissertation defense with honors–both at the University of Kansas. Later, Dr. Brill received the Outstanding Adjunct Award for the year 2010 at Brevard Community College (Now Eastern Florida State College) in Titusville, Florida.
THE FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
Dr. Brill is an exponent of a growing movement of composers and musicians who view the continued survival and development of classical music in the 21st Century as predicated on a return to Western classical aesthetic principles. These are the same principles that guided composers, both great and small, from the Renaissance through the Romantic music style periods. Throughout the 20th Century this tradition flourished, in spite of the modernist movement, in the tonal works of such composers as Samuel Barber, Sergei Rachmaninov, Ottorino Respighi, and others. In the 21st Century, this tradition continues on in the works of composers such as John Corigliano, Jeremy Menuhin, John Williams, Alma Deutscher, and many others.
Dr. Brill’s music instruction began with private classical guitar lessons at the age of 9 years. Later, he switched to the piano as part of his growing interest in composing original classical style music.
At the age of 18, he entered the College of St. Thomas (Now the University of St. Thomas) to study classical piano. From 1982 to 1984 he studied music theory/composition, music history, and piano at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. He later attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated in 1991 with a Master’s of Music degree in music history.
In 1991 he matriculated at the University of Kansas, where he studied doctoral-level historical musicology and music theory, conducted the Collegium Musicum, and subsequently, in 1995, graduated with a Ph.D. in historical musicology, specializing in Medieval and Renaissance music.