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Patrick Reynolds

Professor of Conducting; Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Patrick Reynolds
Phone: 937-229-3231
FH 481


  • Ph.D., Musical Arts, Conducting, University of Cincinnati, College of Conservatory of Music
  • M.M., Wind Instruments, University of Michigan
  • B.M., Music History and Musicology, University of Michigan


Patrick Reynolds is a professor of music at the University of Dayton where he conducts the University Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. Dr. Reynolds is the recipient of the 2020 University of Dayton Faculty Award in Teaching.

Under his direction the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs a broad spectrum of great works for wind ensemble and concert band and maintains a high profile on campus. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association, as well as at the College Band Directors National Association Divisional Conference. Also under the direction of Dr. Reynolds, the University Orchestra performs a rich variety of works for string orchestra in the fall semester and full symphony orchestra in the spring semester, and collaborates in choral performances on the UD campus.

Dr. Reynolds is committed to developing opportunities for University musicians to mentor younger school musicians, often in conjunction with concert tours. Side-by-side rehearsals and performances by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Orchestra with high school musicians have included the Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL), Trinity Catholic High School (Ocala, FL), Berkeley College Preparatory School (Tampa, FL), Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (Atlanta, GA), St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls (Philadelphia, PA), Chaminade High School (Mineola, NY), Kellenberg Memorial High School (Uniondale, NY); Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School/String Theory High School; Escuela Libre de Música (San Juan, PR), Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico Preparatory Program; as well as the Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton.

Beyond his duties at the University of Dayton, Dr. Reynolds serves as Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Annually, he conducts the DPO in its Young People's and Magic Carpet concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area. For twenty years Dr. Reynolds collaborated with DPO Music Director, Neal Gittleman in planning and conducting the DPO’s SPARK (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) program, and shared insight into the world of conducting with young people in classrooms throughout Dayton and surrounding communities. In addition, he has conducted the DPO in classical, pops, family and rock series concerts. In recent seasons he has conducted Dayton Opera productions of Verdi's La Traviata, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Menotti's The Consul, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Puccini’s La Boheme.

Dr. Reynolds has been an invited presenter at state and national professional conferences, including the 2019 College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) national conference in Boston, 2018 CODA national conference in Los Angeles, and 2014 Wisconsin State Music Association conference in Madison. His reputation as a conductor and as a teacher has been acknowledged through invitations by competitive audition to conduct UD ensembles at conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) in Cincinnati and Columbus, and at the College Band Directors National Association regional conference in Michigan. He currently holds the position of Northeast division vice-president of the College Orchestra Directors Association.

Currently in his 21st year as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) he mentors many of the most gifted high school musicians in our region. Founded in 1937, the DPYO is selected from the region’s finest young musicians, and is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished youth orchestra programs. With the DPYO Dr. Reynolds has been invited to conduct at state professional conferences of OMEA in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association professional conference at Wilmington (OH) College.

As a professional conductor he has been the invited guest conductor of educational concerts with numerous professional orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the Modesto (CA), Annapolis (MD); Queens (NY); Arlington (VA), and the High Mountain (NJ) symphony orchestras. In addition, he has been the invited guest conductor of the Southwest, East Central and Northwest Regional Honors Orchestras of OMEA, OMEA District XIII Honor Band, Miami University Symphony Orchestra, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Starling Project (for gifted young musicians), Sonoma County (CA) Honor Band, Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Orchestra, and Northern California Honor Band.

For 18 years Dr. Reynolds has served as conductor of the Giving Strings Orchestra, a community orchestra devoted to raising funds for charitable organizations in the Miami Valley.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA)
  • College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA)
  • College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
  • Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Research Interests

  • Conducting
  • Orchestral educational concert programming