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             Patrick D. Finley

Patrick Finley was born in Akron Ohio and received his Bachelor of Music degree as a double major in Theory/Composition and Piano Performance in 1980 from Akron University.  He received his Master of Music degree in composition with a Minor in Piano Performance from Penn State where he was one of the winners of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Concerto Competition that won him a read-through of the Rhapsody In Blue with the orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas.  He received his Ph. D. in Composition from the City University of New York in 1993, studying composition with Henry Weinberg (disciple of Varese and Stravinsky) and Pulitzer Prize winner George Perle. He also studied Schenkerian Theory under Carl Schachter and Charles Burkhart.
For nine years Dr. Finley taught at Park Ridge High School.  He currently teaches Choir, AP Music Theory, MIDI Workshop, and Music History at the Bergen County Academies.  Dr. Finley has also lectured at the NY Metropolitan Opera's Education at the Met series.
Dr. Finley is the recipient of two New Jersey State Council on the Arts grants for his work as a composer, and his song “New Jersey, My Home” (1996) is currently in legislation for consideration as the official State Anthem of New Jersey.  His published compositions are: “Friendly Beasts” and “Save The World”, both for SATB piano, both published by Theodore Presser Pub. Inc. (1994 and 1995).  He is author of two books: A Thematic Catalogue of the Works of Ralph Shapey is published by Pendragon Press (1995), and Shaking Hands With Hitler, a fiction novel (2012).  Both are available on Amazon.com.

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