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Patrick Vu

Patrick Vu (b. 1998) is an award-winning conductor and composer from Allen whose music has quickly gained attention in the United States. His music has been performed across the United States and beyond by both professional and collegiate ensembles. Vu has received commissions and performances from professional organizations including:

  • VocalEssence
  • Chor Leoni
  • Dallas Chamber Choir
  • Chorus Austin
  • Princeton Singers
  • Young New Yorkers’ Chorus
  • International Orange Chorale of San Francisco
  • Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland
  • Lubbock Chorale
  • Fort Worth Opera
  • Savannah VOICE Festival
  • Numerous universities around the country

Most recently, Vu was awarded the 2023 ACDA Raymond Brock Prize for Student Composers for his piece “On the Hillside.”

His works have been performed at regional and national ACDA conferences, various state conventions, SCI Regional Conferences, NATS and more. In 2025, he will receive his Carnegie Hall debut with a premiere of a new choral work commissioned by National Concerts. While Vu remains mostly self-published, his choral music is published by Gentry, Hinshaw, Galaxy, Carl Fischer, Hal Leonard and Alliance. Additionally, his art songs have been published by North Star Music in their “Modern Music for New Singers” series. Vu has collaborated with and studied in private masterclasses with Ēriks Ešenvalds, André J. Thomas, Libby Larson, Steven Sametz, Michael Ching and Jake Heggie.

As a conductor, Vu has frequently conducted or served as a clinician for collegiate, high school and church ensembles in the performances of his own compositions. During his undergraduate career at Texas Christian University, he founded the TCU Reading Choir, an ensemble dedicated to reading new music and providing recordings for student composers in TCU’s School of Music. Additionally, Vu served as the assistant conductor for the Broadway Baptist Chancel Choir in Fort Worth. At Texas Tech University, Vu has served as the associate conductor for the Texas Tech University Choir, Matador Singers and Lubbock Chorale.

In May 2022, Vu graduated with a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.M.E. Vocal Music Education from Texas Christian University where he studied composition under Dr. Martin Blessinger and conducting under Dr. Christopher Aspaas. In 2024, Vu received his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University where he studied under Dr. Alan Zabriskie.

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Texas Tech University