Patricia Islas is a performer, composer, arranger, adjudicator and educator in the Dallas area. Ms. Islas is a graduate of the University of North Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance. While at North Texas, Ms. Islas studied percussion under Dr. Robert Schietroma, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Poovalour Srinivasan, and Mark Ford. She has also studied marimba exclusively with She-e Wu and Leigh Howard Stevens. With an interest in a variety of musical styles, Ms. Islas performed with the Indoor Drumline, South Indian, Gamelan, Contemporary, and Classical Percussion ensembles while at North Texas. She also performed with the University of North Texas Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher.
In 2004 Ms. Islas was a winner of the UNT Concerto Competition which led to performing as a soloist with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Ms Islas has performed at several music conventions including PASIC and SEMUS, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. In 2002 she received the award for the Best Individual Keyboard Soloist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Since graduating Ms. Islas has been an educator in the Dallas area for several years. She has served as a private lesson instructor, beginning percussion teacher, and front ensemble instructor and arranger for numerous successful middle school and high school programs. In addition to her work at local schools, Ms. Islas spent the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006 arranging music and serving as frontline technician for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. This summer Ms. Islas will be helping with the upcoming 2007 Blue Knights Frontline. Ms. Islas is also an endorsee of Pro-mark Sticks and Mallets and Mapex/Majestic Concert Percussion.
Currently Ms. Islas is composing music for her contemporary musical ensemble Team Islas.