Patrick Gorman, DMA is one of Wisconsin’s most active choral directors, conducting three of Madison’s finest choirs. He has served as the director of the Madison Diocesan Choir since 1992, musical director of the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison since 1995, and music director at Saint Raphael Cathedral since 1998.
Under his direction, the Philharmonic Chorus has been heard throughout the state on the prestigious Live from the Elvejehem Wisconsin Public Radio Broadcasts and the Madison Diocesan Choir received an award for excellence at the 1993 National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choral Festival and Competition. The Saint Raphael Cathedral Choir is gaining a reputation in the performance of chant, Renaissance motets, and Twentieth Century a cappella music.
The Philharmonic Chorus and the Diocesan Choir have traveled internationally and have sung in such historic sites as Cologne’s magnificent Cathedral, St. Patrick Church in Dublin, the Duomo in Florence and Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal. The Diocesan Choir was privileged to sing for an audience with Pope John Paul II when touring Italy.
In addition to his conducting, Gorman has served as the Director of the Office of Worship for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison since 1995. In that capacity, he is called upon to plan and prepare major diocesan liturgical events and to provide opportunities for education of parishioners and clergy. He is a popular speaker throughout Wisconsin and he has served as a speaker for national organizations of musicians and liturgists.
Gorman 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 B. Mus. degree in Music Theory and Composition from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and the M. Mus. degree in Music and Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame.
He has written articles for a number of national liturgical publications, includingLiturgy 90, Pastoral Music and Today’s Liturgy. He served on the national board of directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, chairing the standing committee on music and art. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary society for 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. He lives in Madison with his wife, Denise and their two daughters.