Patrick O'Malley

Recorder Faculty (Suzuki & Traditional), Chamber Music Faculty, Evanston Campus Director
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Chamber Music
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Patrick received a Fulbright Fellowship at Rotterdam Conservatory (Netherlands), earned his Master's Degree from Indiana University in Recorder, became a registered Suzuki recorder teacher, and received his undergraduate degree in Architecture at Miami University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Patrick studied recorder with Han Tol and Eva Legêne, and master classes with Bart Kuijken, Bertho Driever, Marion Verbruggen, Bart Spanhove, and Bert Honig. His primary Suzuki training has been with Suzuki Recorder Teacher Trainers Kathy White and Mary Halvorsen Waldo. 

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Mr. O'Malley's philosophy is that no instrument is limited to a specific type of person or age. He believes that the recorder is suited to players of any age, the purpose being that the individual is involved in lifelong music participation.

Awards and achievements: 

Patrick has performed across the U.S. and Europe. He is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago. He runs a private studio and teaches remote students via video conference. He has recorded and produced a double-disc CD with Lisette Kielson labeled as, 'Telemann: Canons and Duos'. He has also served as board member of the American Recorder Teachers Association, and had an article, "Applying Rhetoric and Preluding to Recorder Education", published in The Recorder Education Journal.

Additional accomplishments include: Studies in harpsichord, basso continuo, conducting, French horn, and baroque dance.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Mr. O'Malley is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Early Music America, and the American Recorder Society. He has performed with Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, Baroque Band, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Haymarket Opera Company, and many early music and chamber groups. He is a founding member of Chicago Recorder Trio.

Interests outside of music: 

Aside from his music studies, Patrick enjoys art, architecture, baking bread, yoga, and jogging.

Favorite practice tip: 

Practice a tough passage...backwards! Slowly several times; problem (usually) solved.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Georg Philipp Telemann

Favorite musical moment: 

Cold winter concert in the Czech Republic, visible breath coming out of my instrument! Enthusiastic audience gave me a bouquet & lovely ceramic bell.