Formerly director of orchestral activities and planning at The Juilliard School and a member of the performance faculties of the University of New Mexico and University of Windsor, Patrick Posey is now Vice President for Artistic Planning and Educational Programs at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Hailed by the New York Times as ‘brilliantly stylish,’ Patrick Posey is a versatile saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and orchestral musician in the United States and across the world. Based in Southern California and New York City, Mr. Posey has performed in some of the world's most prestigious music venues, including Zurich's Tonhalle, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and numerous appearances at Carnegie Hall. Recent and upcoming performance highlights include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a solo performance at (le) poisson rouge in New York City, a recital in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and appearances at the Lincoln Center Festival and the BBC Proms in London. A member of the performance collective Le Train Bleu, Mr. Posey has performed with a number of New York's contemporary ensembles, including the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, Metropolis, and Ensemble ACJW. Patrick Posey has performed with orchestras under the baton of conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Bjarnason, and Reinbert DeLeeuw, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall with composers John Adams, Thomas Adès, and Peter Eötvös, leading performances of their own works. In addition to performing as a western classical musician, Mr. Posey has collaborated with Iraqi oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj; visiting Muscat, Oman in 2011; and in 2009 performed as ocarina soloist with the YouTube Symphony in a livestream that has been viewed over 1.7 million times.