Patrick Gorman, DMA, is one of Wisconsin’s most active choral directors, conducting three of Madison’s finest choirs. The 2011-2012 season is his twentieth with the Madison Diocesan Choir. He also serves as musical director of the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison and choir director at Saint Raphael Cathedral. In addition, he is the director of the Office of Worship for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison.
Under his direction, the Madison Diocesan Choir received an award for excellence at the 1993 National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choral Festival and Competition and has sung for Masses and concerts throughout the Midwestern United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. The Philharmonic Chorus has been heard throughout the state on the prestigious Live from the Elvejehem Wisconsin Public Radio Broadcasts. The Saint Raphael Cathedral Choir is gaining a reputation in the performance of chant, Renaissance motets, and Twentieth Century a cappella music. He has conducted numerous international tours with these ensembles, singing in some of the great spaces of Europe and North America, including the Duomo in Florence, the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), the York Minster, Saint Mary Cathedral (Killarney), the Alhambra (Granada, Spain), Karlskirche in Vienna, and the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal.
He moved to Madison in 1991 for doctoral studies in choral conducting with Professor Robert Fountain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his doctorate in 1994. He received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and the Master of Music degree in Music and Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame.
Gorman has written articles for a number of national publications, including NPM's Pastoral Music, Liturgy 90, AIM Resources, the Liturgical Singer and Today’s Liturgy. He served on the national board of directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, chairing the standing committee on liturgical art and music. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Liturgy Network at the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary society for musicians, as well as Chorus America, the American Choral Directors’ Association and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Prior to moving to Madison, he worked as director of music and liturgy at Christ the King Catholic Church in South Bend, Indiana. He also has served as a member of the music faculty at the University of Notre Dame and Edgewood College. He lives in Madison with his wife and two daughters.