Patrick Carlin

Dr. Patrick Carlin serves on the Music Faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches music history and literature to undergraduate and graduate music majors and is the Director of Music at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia. In addition, Pat is the recipient of several grants to perform free concerts in venues throughout the City of Richmond, Virginia.

Pat maintains a large private studio of voice and piano students. In recent months, Pat has been a guest voice teacher at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music in New York. Pat’s voice and piano students have been admitted to major music schools, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale, and Indiana. Pat is a graduate of The Juilliard School (piano and voice), University of Dubuque (piano and voice), New York University (M.A. in college teaching/conducting; Ph.D. in college teaching/keyboard performance), University of Notre Dame (M.A. in theology/liturgical studies), and Virginia Commonwealth University (M.P.A. in public administration). In addition, he has studied music at Columbia University and theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. Pat’s vocal teachers have included Eleanor Steber, Bernard Taylor, and William Toole; his piano and organ teachers have included Roger Boardman, Robert Harris, Rosina Lhevinne, Virginia Rice, Ruth Mahmoud, Robert Pace, John Ferguson, and Else Burtness; and his conducting teachers have included Rebecca Scott, John Gilbert, and Jon de Revere.

For over 30 years, Pat served Cathedrals in Minnesota and Richmond, Virginia. Prior to moving to Richmond, Pat served churches in New York and Minnesota and taught music on the college and elementary school levels. His articles and reviews appear in several liturgical music journals. As a pianist, conductor, and organist, Pat has performed in over 500 concerts in Richmond, Virginia. As a conductor, Pat has conducted The Richmond Symphony in major works, including Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Bruckner’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, among many others. Pat is the proud father and father-in-law of Stephanie & Andrew and Sean & Carrie, and the proud Grandpa of JP, John Patrick!