- Associate Professor of Horn
- Head, Division of Brass/Woodwind/Percussion
- Director of Graduate Studies
With a tone and musicality described as “pure chocolate”, Patrick Hughes has soloed in recitals throughout the US, at annual regional horn conferences, and at 10 International Horn Symposia. In 2006 he performed the Asian premiere of Kazimierz Machala’s Concerto for Horn, Winds and Percussion in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also been a featured soloist with various ensembles at the University of Texas (most recently performing the Hamburg Concerto by György Ligeti), as well as the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble, the St. Olaf Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. The Dallas Morning News described Hughes as “…a dream soloist…His tone was warm and honeyed, his virtuosity and legato both apparently effortless.”
Mr. Hughes wears many hats at the Butler School of Music: Associate Professor of Horn, Director of Graduate Studies, and Head of the Brass, Wind and Percussion Division. He also enjoys an active and varied musical life as pedagogue, soloist, chamber and free-lance musician, and composer. He is a much sought-after guest clinician, teaching masterclasses and lecturing at Universities and Conferences across the US and abroad. In May of 2013 he went on a teaching/performing tour in Australia, where he worked with the students and performed solo recitals at the Queensland and Sydney Conservatories. In a recent return to composition and arranging he has produced a number of pieces for the award-winning UT Horn Choir, most notably: From Hildegard, Dancing on the Hill, The Wexford Carol, and True Colors. His music is published through Brownwood Music Publishing, and in addition to the horn choir pieces, his works for horn and piano include Morrison’s Jig, Send in the Clowns, and Pange Lingua.
He can be heard as a contributing artist on the recordings Thoughtful Wanderings…compositions by Douglas Hill; MidWinter (with Minnesotan singer/songwriter Peter Mayer); New Mexico Winds; Devisadero, works by Christopher Shultis, and Barber: An American Romantic: Conspirare. His new Solo CD, Crossroads (featuring Colette Valentine and the UT Horn Choir), is scheduled to be released in December of 2018.
Mr. Hughes is a current member of the Advisory Council for the International Horn Society, and serves on the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund board. He plays a custom Patterson horn.