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.


Inviting Worlds Vol 3

Release Date: December 9, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6482
21st Century
INVITING WORLDS VOL 3 offers a fresh look into the Navona Records series with a new roster of modern composers. Building on the canon of orchestral works presented thus far, this edition of the series features works inspired by historic poetry, iconic stories, and memories, tied together and brought to life by the raw power of today’s ensembles. From whimsical and uplifting passages to deep stirring nostalgia, the works featured on INVITING WORLDS VOL 3 are unrelenting in their emotive qualities.

Brass Rail Blues

Release Date: May 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5953
21st Century
Vocal Music
On her second release on Navona Records, BRASS RAIL BLUES, Canadian composer and oboist Patricia Morehead showcases her ability to incorporate varying instrumentation into her compositions, from mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble; to flute and piano; to mandolin, cello, and clarinet. Because of this variety, the composer creates a world of imagery, setting poems by such writers as Margaret Atwood, Anne Sexton, and Cathy Ann Elias in several of her pieces.

Good News Falls Gently

Release Date: July 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5854
21st Century
GOOD NEWS FALLS GENTLY features the works of Chicago-based composer and oboist Patricia Morehead: Disquieted Souls, inspired by pre-Christian Celtic legends of goddesses and the supernatural; The Handmaid's Tale, motivated by the chilling, futuristic writing of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood; It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers, a reflection on modern times and the proclivity towards bad news; Ladders of Anxiety, an abstract work inspired by colorful medical charts that taps into our inner anxieties; and Good News Falls Gently, a setting of the poetry of Chicago-based writer Regina Harris Baiocchi that portrays an intense spiritual faith from a feminist perspective.