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Biography

Patrick Connor Dittamo is a Kansan composer, scholar, and musician. 

 

Selected as a National Merit Scholar, he was accepted to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studied composition with Dr. Brian Hulse and historically-informed performance with Dr. Ruth van Baak Griffioen.  As a James Monroe Scholar at the College, he completed independent research on the compositional technique of Sir Arthur Sullivan.  He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition in 2013.  His senior thesis,The Harrowing of Hell, an oratorio patterned after medieval passion plays and early Italian opera and orchestrated for historical instruments, received high departmental honors. 

Upon graduation, Patrick commissioned as an active duty U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps officer through the William & Mary Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, and completed the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leadership Course (QM-BOLC) at Fort Lee, Virginia, graduating on the commandant’s list.  He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and served on rotational deployments to Kuwait and the Republic of Korea before leaving active duty at the rank of captain.  In 2019, he completed a dual Master of Music degree in music history and composition at Kansas State University, where he studied composition with Craig Weston.  His thesis was entitled The Prehistory and Reception of Leonard Bernstein’s Missa Brevis (1988), and examined the circumstances surrounding the composition of the Missa Brevis as well as its source material, Bernstein’s Medieval- and Renaissance-inflected incidental music for Lillian Hellman’s 1955 play The Lark

As a scholar, Patrick's areas of academic interest include organology (the study of musical instruments), music-drama through the centuries, and the lives and works of Claudio Monteverdi, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Stephen Sondheim.  As a composer, Patrick draws inspiration from the musics of earlier eras, particularly pre-1750, and frequently employs historical musical forms and instrumentations.  His music has been performed across the United States from California to Virginia, and abroad in India.  

Patrick lives in Manhattan, Kansas with his better half, tenor Dr. Bryan Pinkall, and their red-footed tortoise, Orpheus.

Patrick has accepted a doctoral fellowship to study musicology at the University of Chicago starting in the fall of 2019.

Honors & Awards

Academic & Professional Achievements

  • Pi Kappa Lambda, Delta Lambda Chapter (2019)

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2019)

  • Forgotten Clefs Shawms and Stories Composition Fellowship (2018)

  • Phi Kappa Tau Memorial Scholarship (2012-2013)

  • Ruth C. Maynard Endowment for Voice Students Scholarship (2012)

  • Elizabeth P. Tillery Scholarship (2011)

  • Gladys Iseman Clark Scholarship (2011)

  • Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies (2010)

  • Francis Breeze Voice Scholarship (2010)

  • James Monroe Scholar (2009-2013)

  • National Merit Scholar (2009)

 

Military Awards & Decorations

  • Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (ARCOM, 1 OLC)

  • Army Achievement Medal (AAM)

  • National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM)

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM)

  • Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM)

  • Army Service Ribbon (ASR)

  • Commandant's List, Quartermaster Basic Officer Leadership Course (QM-BOLC 13-010)