NYU Steinhardt News

Alum Patti Kilroy joins faculty at Cal State LA

Patti Kilroy, a violinist and PhD candidate at NYU Steinhardt, will begin in Fall 2019 as Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, Los Angeles, where she will teach violin, chamber music, and courses on music education methods, music technology, and improvisation.
While in New York, Patti has enjoyed a multifaceted freelance career, performing in places like Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, National Sawdust, Rikers Island, Muziekgebeouw a'ant Ij in Amsterdam, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. She has acted as a core member of groups like Wavefield Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, indie band OWEL, and metal string quartet seven)suns, and has performed as a guest with Alarm Will Sound, Newspeak, and Ethel, among others. During her ten years in the city, she has worked with both established composers like Pulitzer Prize-winners John Luther Adams and Julia Wolfe, and early- and mid-career composers, premiering over 90 works over the past decade. She has also shared the stage with popular artists in many genres, including John Cale from the Velvet Underground, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón, Goldfrapp, Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo, and Björk. She has taught violin and chamber music at NYU, Western Connecticut State University, and Hunter College, and has been described as “intensely focused” by The New York Times.
Patti also received her BM and MM in violin performance from NYU Steinhardt, studying with Naoko Tanaka and Anton Miller. At NYU, Patti has collaborated extensively with students and faculty in the music composition department, and has taken coursework on topics ranging from contemporary music, philosophy, music technology, Filipino, ethnomusicology, and mathematics. Her dissertation, to be defended this spring, discusses performance with live electronics in music by Kaija Saariaho and indie band OWEL.