With a tone and musicality described as “pure chocolate,” Patrick Hughes has soloed in recitals throughout the US, at yearly regional horn conferences, and at the International Horn Symposia (IHS) held in 2001, 2005, and 2008. In 2006 he performed the Asian premiere of Kazimierz Machala’s Concerto for Horn, Winds and Percussion in Bangkok, Thailand. He has recently been a featured soloist with the UT Percussion Ensemble, UT Wind Symphony, and UT Wind Ensemble, the Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble, the St. Olaf Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. The Dallas Morning News described Hughes as “…a dream soloist…His tone was warm and honeyed, his virtuosity and legato both apparently effortless.”
In addition to his duties as Associate Professor of Horn and Head of the Brass, Wind and Percussion Division at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Hughes enjoys an active free-lance career, playing principal horn with the Victoria Bach Festival and Austin City Brass; and subbing and playing extra with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, Austin Lyric Opera, and the San Antonio Opera.
Prior to his appointment at UT, Mr. Hughes taught horn and theory at the University of New Mexico from 1995-2001, played principal horn with both the Santa Fe Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and performed throughout the US and in China with the New Mexico Brass Quintet.
He has held other teaching appointments at Ithaca College and SUNY Fredonia and has performed with a number of groups in the past including the San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Mexico Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, and the New Columbian Brass Band. Mr. Hughes earned degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He hosted the 2005 Mid-South Horn Workshop at the University of Texas and serves on the Reviewing Committee of the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund for the International Horn Society.
He can be heard as a contributing artist on the recordings Thoughtful Wanderings…compositions by Douglas Hill, MidWinter (with Minnesotan singer/songwriter Peter Mayer), and New Mexico Winds.