Patrick O’Malley (1989) is a composer whose works explore the musical
interplay between emotion, color, energy, and landscape. Currently
living in Los Angeles, O’Malley grew up in Indiana, where he cultivated an
interest in composition from hearing music at the local orchestra, studying
piano and double bass, and film scores at the movie theater. His pieces
span many of the contemporary mediums for classical music (orchestra,
chamber ensembles, vocal music, film scores etc.), and have been
performed across the United States as well as in Europe. Often when
writing a new piece, O’Malley considers the listener’s imagination as
much as every other musical element – an admittedly and enjoyably
Most recently, O’Malley has been recognized and/or performed by
organizations including the American Composers Orchestra, the
Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the
Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Next On Grand National Composers Intensive
with wild Up, the Society of Composers Inc., The American Prize (1st place
for orchestral music, 2015), the Boston New Music Initiative, ASCAP’s
Morton Gould Award (3-time finalist), and Fulcrum Point New Music
Project. He has spent summers as a student at various music festivals,
including the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Fresh Inc. Festival,
and FUBiS composition course in Berlin. He also serves as the arranger and
conductor for the newly formed concert series Journey LIVE with Fifth
House Ensemble and composer Austin Wintory. O’Malley is currently
pursuing a doctorate degree in composition at the University of Southern
California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studies with Andrew Norman.
Awards and Recognition
• Winner of the American Prize (1st Place) for orchestra music for “Even in Paradise” 2015.
• Selected for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Institutes for “Even in
Paradise,” performance in Nov. 2015 at University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee WI, Steven
Schick conducting, 2015.
• Selected for the American Composers Orchestra’s Earshot Reading with the Columbus
Symphony Orchestra for “Even in Paradise,” performance in Oct. 2015 at the Ohio Theater
in Columbus OH, Rossen Milanov conducting, 2015.
• Winner of Symphony in C’s annual Young Composers’ Competition 2015-16 for “Even in
Paradise,” performance in Sept. 2015 at Rutgers University in Camden NJ, Stilian Kirov
• Awarded the Hans J. Salter Music Award from USC for Symphonic Poem “Even in Paradise”
• Awarded a fellowship by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the Next on Grand: National
Composer Intensive program. Recording session with wild Up, May 2015.
• Selected for USC’s New Music for Orchestra concert, 2014.
• Placed 3rd for The American Prize in Orchestral composition 2014 – also a finalist for the
Chamber and Wind Ensemble composition categories.
• Selected for performance by the Boston New Music Initiative, Longy School of Music in
Boston MA, Nov. 2014.
• Finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, years , 2015, 2014 and 2012.
• Designated “The Ticheli Composition Scholar” upon admittance to USC, 2013.
• Selected participant of the Cellotronic Games call for scores, part of the 12 Nights of
Electronic Music and Art concert series by the Foundation for Emerging Technologies and
• Selected for Discoveries by Fulcrum Point New Music Project, 2013.
• Nominated for “Best Original Score” by the Depaul Premier Film Festival for The Golfer and
the Goose, 2012.
• Commissioned by Northwestern University to compose orchestral piece for annual film
music pops concert, performance in April, 2013 by NU student musicians.
• Winner of Northwestern University’s Orchestral Composition Prize, 2010. Performance of
Superimpose for orchestra at Northwestern University in March 2011.