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Patrick A. Long

Department: Music

Professor of Music

  • Education
  • DMA, Eastman School of Music Univ Rochester
  • MM, Eastman School of Music Univ Rochester
  • BM, Syracuse University
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Theory & Composition
  • Music Technology
Patrick Long

An active composer and percussionist, Long (b. 1968) is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.M. Composition/Percussion 1991) and the Eastman School of Music (M.M. 1993, D.M.A. 1996), where his major teachers in composition, percussion and computer music included Andrew Waggoner, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Christopher Rouse, Alan Schindler, Joseph Schwantner, David Liptak, Michael Bull and John Beck.

He has completed over 80 compositions to date for a wide variety of performing forces, including solo, chamber, orchestra, choir, band and fixed media. In particular, he is known for his works that combine live performers with interactive electronics and video. Over a dozen of his pieces have continued to receive regular performances around the U.S. and internationally since their premieres.

He has collaborated through commissions and performances with many notable performers and ensembles including: the Aimes Trio; Corigliano Quartet; Maharlika Trio; Timaeus Ensemble; Syracuse Society for New Music; Air de Cour Ensemble; Chicago Maverick Ensemble; Lina Bahn/Collin Oldham duo; Syracuse Symphony Percussion Ensemble; Ithaca Trombone Troupe; Lincoln Singers; Willimsport Youth Symphony; Penn Central Wind Band; Williamsport Symphony; the South Orange Symphony; the Susquehanna University Orchestra, Band, Department of Theatre, and Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra; saxophonist Gail Levinsky; marimbist Andrew Harnsberger; violinist/conductor Jennifer Sacher Wiley; pianist Jennifer Blyth; clarinetist Deborah Andrus; and others.

His works have been featured at festivals and concert series around the U.S. and abroad, including: the Memphis State Imagine Festival; the New Paltz Music in the Mountains Festival; the Ann Arbor Brave New Works Festival; the Indiana State New Music Festival; the Eastman Kilbourn Concert Series; the Rochester Image, Movement, Sound Festival; the Washington, D.C., Contemporary Music Forum; the Musicacoustica Festival in Beijing; and the national conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc., the Society of Electro-Acoustic Musicians in the United States (SEAMUS), the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), and the North American Saxophone Association.

Recordings of his compositions are included on seven commercially available recordings, and he is working on his first "solo" CD to be released in late 2012. An active practitioner of pop music, he performs regularly with the central Pennsylvania-based rock band Faculty Lounge.

He is currently an associate professor of music at Susquehanna University, where he teaches composition, theory, music history and music technology. Since 2010 he has served as music department head. He resides in Selinsgrove, Pa., with his wife, Julie, daughter Renee, and son Brendan.

Courses taught:

  • HONS-301 20th Century Music
  • MUED-043 Percussion Class
  • MUSC-013 Percussion Lesson
  • MUSC-023 Composition Lesson
  • MUSC-024 Composition Lesson
  • MUSC-130 Rock Music and Society
  • MUSC-161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony
  • MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis
  • MUSC-350 20th Century Music
  • MUSC-361 Counterpoint
  • MUSC-363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory
  • MUSC-367 Computer Music Composition
  • MUSC-368 Computer Music Performance
  • MUSC-370 Orchestration
  • MUSC-501 Independent Study