Patrick Holcomb (b. 1996) is a composer pursuing his master's degree in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studies with Claude Baker and serves as Assistant Director of the New Music Ensemble & Co-Coordinator of Music Composition. Holcomb also studied with Aaron Travers at Indiana University, where he earned the two largest awards for student composers (the 2019 Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award and the 2019/2021 Jon Vickers Film Scoring Award) in his first year; with Evis Sammoutis, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, and Dana Wilson at Ithaca College, from which he graduated top of his class in the School of Music with a B.M. in Composition with a minor in Anthropology in 2018; and with Mark Camphouse prior to beginning his college education.
His other compositional honors include the 2018 Richard K. Joseph Composition Prize, first prize in the 2017 Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest Division I Class B, and first prize in the 2014 Neva Greenwood Memorial Student Composition Competition. Holcomb is also a two-time recipient of commissions from Connecticut Summerfest, for which he wrote pieces for Apple Orange Pair in 2017 and for Akropolis Reed Quintet in 2018. In the summer of 2019, Holcomb attended the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival as a Composition Fellow and Composition Teaching Assistant.
A member of Mensa since age nineteen, Holcomb seeks to write music that is both intellectually and emotionally engaging. He cites the time he spent studying Hindustani (North Indian) music and performing tabla and Indian harmonium under the guidance of Denise Nuttall as the Ethnomusicology Lab Assistant at Ithaca College as one of his largest compositional influences.
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