Dr. Michael Patterson, longtime festival staff member at DMMO and Simpson College professor, has recently published a remarkable collection of 22 art songs selected from a repertory of compositions spanning over 20 years. The collection features works for high voice, medium-high voice and medium-low voice types. The composer has generously requested that all proceeds raised from book sales be donated to Des Moines Metro Opera’s capital campaign to restore its administrative headquarters – the historic 1904 Indianola Carnegie Library. To learn more about the campaign, click HERE.
Included with the collection is a CD featuring live performances of every composition!
The collection of songs is available for $20 (price includes shipping). To order, call (515) 961-6221 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Michael Patterson has received numerous commissions for choral works, songs, works for saxophone, and two one-act operas for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s touring ensemble, OPERA Iowa – The Tale of Peter Rabbit and A Dream Fulfilled: the Saga of George Washington Carver, which was televised by Iowa Public Television. One of his anthems, “Look to this Day,” was published by Hinshaw Music. “A Boy’s Will,” three songs for baritone voice, may be found on “Songs by Stephen Lias, Michael Patterson, and Lee Hoiby,” which was released by Centaur Records. Dr. Patterson is a past recipient of the Iowa Composers Forum and Iowa Choral Directors Association Award as well as the Simpson College Distinguished Research Award.
Dr. Patterson is a graduate of Simpson College in Piano Performance and in Music Education. He received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Iowa and holds his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. At Simpson College, he currently teaches courses in Elementary Music Methods, Piano, Sight-Singing and Ear Training, Chamber Music Literature, Symphonic Literature, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy, Composition, and Survey of Music Literature.
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