Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been described as “restrained and reflective but brimming with a variety of texture and sound that draws you into its world” (I Care If You Listen) and has been presented at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally. He is variously active as an explicator of music to a wide range of listeners. He has provided program and liner notes for numerous concert series and recording companies and been a guest lecturer at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fordham University, the University of Georgia, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, String Theory at the Hunter, and ChamberFest Cleveland. From 2010 to 2013, he served as senior director of artistic planning of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is founding composer and managing director of Third Sound; in 2016, he was appointed executive director of Hotel Elefant. The Quality of Mercy, an album of his vocal chamber music featuring mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, has been praised as “affecting and sensitively orchestrated… [a] gorgeous, masterfully crafted canvas” (Cleveland Classical), and is available on Innova Recordings.