Patrick Houlihan

Department of Music Theory/Composition

Patrick Houlihan

Patrick Houlihan teaches music theory, composition, and electronic music. A native of New Orleans, he holds degrees from the University of Mississippi and Florida State University. His principal composition teachers were Raymond Liebau, Andrew Fox, and John Boda.

Dr. Houlihan—a recipient of Ouachita's Most Innovative Professor award—has frequently given presentations on music technology and has written articles on electronic music for Electronic Musician, The American Music Teacher, and other publications. He is Ouachita's representative to the Faculty Development Collaborative in Technology, an association of private colleges from ten states that develops and encourages outstanding teaching practices with technology. He has also served as a music notation editor for Lorenz Music Publications.

In addition to composing works for concert performances, he has written church choral anthems, an educational video soundtrack, music for modern dance performances, and collaborative museum installations with sculptor Wallace Mallette. Houlihan has received grants, awards, and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, Meet the Composer, BMI, the Florida College Music Teachers Association, the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters, and other organizations. He resides in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Rebecca.

Houlihan is an avid photographer and is a Contributor at Getty Images. His photos have been licensed by Mazda, The Travel Channel, Joanne Ehrich for her book, Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity, the United Nations, G2 Art and Cards (postcards), OCAD University in Toronto, and other organizations.

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