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, including a very generous grant from The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, to perform free public concerts as well as intentional concerts for smaller groups and audiences in venues throughout the City of Richmond, Virginia, especially for the underserved and marginalized.  These latter intentional concerts usually feature current Juilliard School students from New York City or recent Juilliard graduates.  In recent months, Pat has been a guest voice teacher at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Pat maintains a large private studio of voice and piano students.  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, Ethel Lehrer, 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!