Film Scoring Faculty: Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson is an Emmy Award winning composer who has done extensive work in Jazz as well as concert music and film. He is a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music (BM '71) and the Eastman School of Music (MM '80). His work in jazz has included compositions and arrangements for artists like Woody Herman, Marc Copland, Gene Bertoncini, Woody Shaw Roland Hanna, and Phil Woods and for his own jazz quintet and 16-piece big band. His film work includes episodes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over 50 episodes of JAG (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and feature film work on Lucasfilms' Radioland Murders. Most recently he conducted and orchestrated Leonard Rosenman's new score for the feature film Jurij, which received its premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2002.

Active in education he has been Composer in Residence for the Henry Mancini Electronic Music Lab at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts. He has written concert works for the Rochester Philharmonic, the Eastman Trombone Quartet, the American Jazz Philharmonic and the Ernest Bloch Chamber Ensemble. The Debussy Trio premiered three of his works at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Festival, 2001. His "Elegy" for Violincello was premiered at Merkin Hall in 2002 and "Line Drawings" for classical saxophonist Jim Noyes was premiered in 2004. Recent credits include arrangements for an IMAX film, "Virtual Actors Perform The Boxer," and a commission and recording by the award winning Trombone Quartet Novus.

He recently recorded a selection of Thad Jones compositions for IPO Recordings, which he arranged and adapted for eight players, which featured jazz greats; Hank Jones, James Moody, Mickey Roker, Jimmy Owens, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Bob Brookmeyer and Richard Davis.

Michael is currently working with Gene Bertoncini on a new CD, which features arrangements for Guitar and String Quartet.