Oboist and composer Patricia Morehead earned her B.M in Oboe from New England Conservatory and her Ph.D in Composition from the University of Chicago. Additionally, she holds diplomas from the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music, Paris Conservatoire National de Music (France), and Accademia Chigiana di Siena (Italy). Her principal teachers in oboe include Myrtil Morel, Etienne Baudo, Ralph Gomberg, John Mack, and Lothar Faber, and John Eaton, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, and Samuel Dolin in composition.
Morehead has served as a professor of composition, theory, oboe, and music history at Dominican University, Chicago Music College, Roosevelt University, St. Xavier University, and music history and composition at Columbia College. She created the Composers Forum at the Merit School of Music, Chicago and is the founder of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Her music is published by Jeanné and recorded by PARMA Recordings.
Morehead currently lives in Dwight, Ontario, Canada, where she plays oboe and English horn with the North Bay Symphony Orchestra, and is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and is on the CMC Council for the North of Ontario.
She is a recipient of a Canada Council Exploration Grant for a new symphonic work honoring Beethoven’s 250th Birthday that was to be performed by Maestro Thomas Jones in April 2019. Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was resumed with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022.