MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. His musical study continued at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Manhattan School of Music, the Royal College of Music (London), the University of Minnesota, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik - Trossingen (Germany). He has worked with several prominent composers and conductors including Pierre Boulez, Vinko Globokar, and Lorin Maazel. Notable solo performances include the Walker Art Center's "Festival Dancing In Your Head" (2007, 2002, 2005), the Darmstadt Course for New Music (2004, 2006, 2008), where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, the "Utopia Jetzt!" Festival (Germany, 2006) where he performed his acclaimed "V for Grock" multimedia recital, UMBC's Livewire Festival (2013, 2015), and the American Trombone Workshop (2013, 2016). Dr. Crossland has performed with orchestras and ensembles across Europe and the USA including concerto performances in England and Germany. In addition to receiving two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards (2014, 2017), he is the recipient of a stipendium from the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz of Baden-Württemberg and a prize winner at the Sparda Classic Trombone Competition (2008). Along with his activities as a soloist and chamber musician he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians including Günter Christmann, Alexander Frangenheim, and Jack Wright He was a featured artist in the 2013 High Zero Festival in Baltimore, MD and at the concepts of doing festival in Berlin (2013, 2015). He is currently a member of the Composers Slide Quartet and Ensemble Laboratorium. Now living in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Crossland teaches trombone, improvisation, and other music courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.